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Helicopter called for high country rescue

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A hiker injured on the Pacific Crest Trail is helicoptered to safety.
Barry Beck | Mono County Search & Rescue

Bridgeport, Calif. — A woman injured on the Pacific Crest Trail west of Bridgeport had to be helicoptered for treatment on Monday.

The woman sustained an ankle injury and couldn’t hike out of Lake Harriet.

“Due to the extreme distances from the nearest trailhead, the Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team requested the assistance of a California Highway Patrol helicopter to extract the hiker from the backcountry,” spokeswoman Jennifer Hansen said. “Due to steep terrain, the helicopter was unable to land near the hiker.”

Instead, it flew to Bridgeport to refuel and pick up a search and rescue team member who was lowered to the hiker and load the hiker into a stretcher to hoist her up to the helicopter.

She was taken to Bridgeport for evaluation by Mono County Paramedics.

That was the second Mono County rescue conducted in three days. On Saturday, two backpackers called the Mono County Sheriff’s Office after they were unable to find the descent route off Mount Conness above Mono Lake. They’d made the summit, but by 10:30 p.m. had lost their way at about the 12,300-foot level. The mountain is officially 12,649-feet tall, so they were not far from the summit. Conness is considered a training ground for alpine climbers.

The hikers attempted to find their way down, and last contact was made at 2:30 a.m., north of Alpine Lake. Search and rescue members hiked in from Saddlebag Lake, and within a few hours, were able to find the pair about a mile west of the Carnegie Research Station. They were escorted out to Saddlebag Lake.