MARIN COUNTY -- A 53-year-old mountain biker was rescued by helicopter Sunday afternoon after suffering traumatic injuries in a fall down a cliff at China Camp State Park.

At about 2:45 p.m., a sheriff's helicopter crew responded to the park and began searching a heavily wooded area for the victim. They spotted a group of people on a trail signaling the location of the mountain biker, who had fallen about 100 yards down a steep embankment from the trail, said Sonoma County sheriff's Lt. Mark Essick.

The helicopter landed in a parking lot where a San Rafael fire paramedic was waiting to assist in the rescue operation.

A sheriff's deputy and paramedic were flown to the victim and lowered to the group of bystanders, the lieutenant said.

Emergency care was given to the mountain biker, and with the help of several bystanders, San Rafael firefighters and California State Park personnel, the victim was placed in a traverse stretcher.

Using a 200-foot-long line, the man was brought out of the woods with the deputy and paramedic, and was flown to an awaiting ambulance for transport to a trauma facility, according to Essick.

The extent of the victim's injuries has not been released.



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