injured ATV rider rescued after crash in Los Padres National Forest | Local News

An extensive rescue took place early Saturday morning after an all-terrain vehicle crash in the Los Padres National Forest left the biker with serious leg injuries.

At approximately 1:15 a.m., Santa Barbara County firefighters and members of the county search and rescue team were dispatched to the incident over the Upper Oso area in the forest, said the Fire Captain Scott Safechuck.

A man riding an ATV ended up 80-100 feet to the side and fired his gun for help, Safechuck said.

Hunters located the injured man and used a lowering cable to secure the victim to the ledge before heading out to seek help.

Firefighters and SAR personnel arrived to lift the patient to safety using a rope system, Safechuck said.

He was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for treatment of a serious leg injury, Safechuck added.

His name and details of his condition were not available.

The rescue effort in a remote area of ​​the forest reportedly lasted more than four hours.

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