A motorist who drove off Calistoga Road and plunged into a steep ravine was saved in a dramatic rescue operation involving a helicopter. The incident occurred on Friday afternoon, and the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department’s Henry 1 helicopter happened to be on air patrol at the time.
According to a statement from the department, the helicopter arrived at the crash site within five minutes of receiving the call. Emergency responders on the ground located the driver, who was found approximately 100 feet away from the roadway and down in the ravine.
To reach the injured driver, a paramedic and an emergency medical technician were lowered to the patient using a 200-foot line from the helicopter. Despite suffering from moderate injuries, the driver was successfully transported in an air stretcher to a waiting ambulance and then transferred to a hospital for further medical attention.
As of Sunday, there was no update available on the driver’s condition.
This daring and efficient rescue operation showcases the invaluable role that helicopters play in emergency situations. With their ability to quickly reach remote and difficult-to-access locations, helicopter departments like the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department’s Henry 1 are able to provide life-saving assistance to those in need. Through the combined efforts of the helicopter crew and the ground responders, this motorist was swiftly rescued from a dangerous situation.
– Motorist: a person who drives a car or other vehicle.
– Ravine: a deep, narrow steep-sided valley, especially one formed by running water.
– Helicopter: a type of aircraft that derives both lift and propulsion from one or more sets of horizontally revolving overhead rotors.
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Author: Kerry Benefield
Publisher: Press Democrat