Mostly sunny

Fine Sonoma County weather keeps Henry 1 crews busy

  • 5/7/2011: B1:

    PC: Henry 1 is used to get searchers to their starting points in Annadel State Park May 6, 2011.

Fine weather lured people into the outdoors over the weekend, keeping the Sonoma County sheriff's helicopter crew and other emergency responders busy.

Steady calls sent emergency responders to help lost or injured hikers, cyclists, motorcyclists and others, including four teen girls astray after dark in Annadel State Park.

On Sunday, a woman seriously hurt her ankle at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park and, unable to walk, called for help just before 2 p.m., sheriff's officials said.

The sheriff's Henry 1 helicopter team found her on the Vista Trail near the top of the ridge, said Deputy Henri Boustany, a tactical flight officer. The helicopter couldn't land near her due to the terrain, so a crewmember was lowered at the end of a rope, secured the woman into a harness and flew with her to a waiting ambulance near the park's Robert Ferguson Observatory, Boustany said.

While that rescue was in progress, a cyclist fell at about 2:20 p.m. on Annadel State Park's Rough-Go Trail, possibly breaking a leg, Bennett Valley Fire Lt. Matt Tognozzi said.

Firefighters found the man, who had fallen near the Canyon Trail, and helped load him into the CHP's Napa-based helicopter, Tognozzi said.

The man was flown to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

On Saturday, the Henry 1 crew was patrolling the coast at about 1:15 p.m. when dispatchers broadcast that two motorcyclists had crashed south of Goat Rock.

The motorcyclists, good friends, were riding one behind the other when the front biker entered a curve too fast, laid the bike down and hit a Highway 1 guardrail, causing the second biker to crash as well, CHP Officer Nenad Gorenec said.

The helicopter crew spotted the bikers, who had crashed near Shell Beach, Boustany said.

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