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Mountain Biker Rescued In Angeles National Forest After 300 Foot Fall

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GLENDORA (CBS)  — A 22-year-old mountain bicyclist lost control while riding down a steep mountain road in the Glendora area of Angeles National Forest Monday forcing a dramatic rescue by airborne paramedics Monday.

The man, who is from Walnut and who was described as “an experienced mountain bike rider,” fell an estimated 300 feet down an embankment.

The unidentified rider said he had picked up too much speed on Glendora Mountain Road at Glendora Ridge Mountainway and could not prevent himself from going over the edge.

Injured, he used his cell phone in the remote area and “surprisingly” got a connection, said Capt. Mike Parker of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.

“Given the terrain, we were surprised to see he could get cell phone reception, especially on the back side of the ridge line,” Crew Chief Deputy Darrel Airhart said. “It’s a good thing he did or who knows how long he could have been laying there.”

Sheriff’s Air-5 rescue helicopter and its flight crew found the man 35 minutes later and lowered two sheriff’s paramedics via hoist while the pilots hovered over a deep ravine, Parker said.

Deputies Mark Desmarteau and Dan Aleman provided emergency medical attention for the injured man, secured him into a gurney and prepared to hoist him into the helicopter.

Desmarteau was hanging off the side of the gurney to protect and secure the injured man and was dragged through trees and brush, but the injured man was kept clear of the hazards.

After an “unnerving but necessary experience,” the man was hoisted into the helicopter, Parker said.

In little more than an hour, the man was taken to a hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries, which included back injuries and broken ribs.

(©2010 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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