Boy helps rescue father after snowmobile wreck
April 9, 2014
A 9-year-old boy came to his father’s rescue after a snowmobile accident at Blue Lakes on Sunday afternoon.
The victim, John Taylor, 54, of South Lake Tahoe, was riding a snowmobile when he lost control and collided with a tree.
His left leg was hooked by the machine, breaking his left femur, and trapping him with the snowmobile, according to the California Highway Patrol.
His son helped free his father from the snowmobile, but Taylor’s leg wouldn’t take his weight. Taylor sent his son for help on the other snowmobile.
The boy rode to Highway 88 and Blue Lakes Road where he contacted a Lake Tahoe Adventures employee, who reported the accident on a radio. The boy was able to lead rescuers to his father, who was then taken for treatment.
The Alpine County Sheriff’s Office, Alpine volunteer firefighters and Lake Valley Fire Department worked with CHP to rescue Taylor.