CHP chopper rescues man suffering medical emergency at Schoolhouse Beach

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In a dramatic helicopter rescue Monday CHP saved a man who suffered a medical emergency while hiking on Schoolhouse Beach.

The man, whose name has not been released, was visiting Sonoma County from Nebraska and hiking on the beach when he found himself unable to move, CHP pilot and paramedic Shaun Bouyea said.

“He was down there hiking, enjoying the nice weather on the Sonoma Coast, when he suffered a medical emergency,” Bouyea said.

CHP couldn’t disclose the nature of the health condition due to medical privacy laws, but Bouyea said it was serious enough the man’s family requested help.

The Bodega Bay Fire Protection District responded to the call and found the man on the beach at the bottom of a 50-foot cliff.

First responders requested a helicopter rescue, and CHP was successfully able to airlift the man to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. He was in serious condition Monday night, but expected to survive, Bouyea said.

You can reach Staff Writer Andrew Beale at 707-521-5205 or at On Twitter @iambeale.

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