SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. – Santa Barbara County Fire crews along with help from County Air Support performed a hoist trail rescue on Santa Cruz Island on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.
Crews responded to a medical emergency on a trail above Chinese Harbor just after 12 p.m. on Wednesday, said county fire spokesman Scott Safechuck.
SBC ASU H964 assisted a 70yo fatigued male on trail above Chinese Harbor. Male subject hoist rescued with FF/PM and air lifted to an awaiting NPS Ranger vehicle to prevent a medical emergency event. He would return via Island Packers to Ventura. pic.twitter.com/DxspoyBcnI— Scott Safechuck (@SBCFireInfo) June 15, 2022
A 70-year-old fatigued man was airlifted to an awaiting National Park Service ranger car to "prevent a medical emergency event," Safechuck said, adding that he would return to Ventura via Island Packers.
The fire department and paramedics sent 32 people to assist the National Park Service with a hoist trail rescue, Safechuck said.
The incident remained active as of 1:15 p.m.
The condition of the hiker was not immediately known.