DALY CITY -- A mountain biker is lucky to be alive after he lost control of his bike Wednesday evening and plummeted 40 feet down a cliff, authorities said.
The man was riding on a narrow cliff-side path near Westline and Skyline drives when he and his bike shot over the edge and ended up on a beach below that had been softened by low tide, said North County Fire Authority spokesman Matt Lucett. The man, who was not identified, was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital as a precaution.
"He is really lucky," said Lucett. "They didn't find any life-threatening injuries."
It's not clear what caused the biker to lose control, but Lucett said there is a lot of ice plant along the trail that can be slippery.
Someone called from a cellphone to alert authorities to the man's fall, and rescue crews headed out to the cliff around 6 p.m.
They bundled the man up and hoisted him up the cliff because there was no path to get down to the beach. The incident was over around 7:30 p.m.
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