Saturday, December 10 , 2016, 9:02 am | Fog 56º


Local News

Injured Hiker Rescued from Montecito Trail

Emergency crews carry man to safety after he hurt his ankle on Cold Spring Trail

A hiker who suffered a suspected broken ankle had to be carried out of the Montecito backcountry Saturday, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department.

The incident occurred at about 11 a.m. on the east fork of the Cold Spring Trail, said Kelly Hoover, a department spokeswoman.

The victim, a man in his 40s, was hiking with a companion when he slipped, injuring his ankle, Hoover said.

"In severe pain and suspecting a broken ankle, a 9-1-1 cellular call was made to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Emergency Dispatch Center," she said.

Crews from the Montecito Fire Protection District and the sheriff's Search & Rescue Team responded, and determined that the man would have to be carried out of the wilderness, Hoover said.

"After paramedics treated the subject for pain and shock, search-and-rescue personnel strapped the subject into a stretcher attached to a wheel, which was then used to perform a carryout down the trail to trailhead on Mountain Drive," Hoover said.

The man was taken by ambulance to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

His name and details on his condition were not available.

Noozhawk executive editor Tom Bolton can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Reader Comments

Noozhawk's intent is not to limit the discussion of our stories but to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and must be free of profanity and abusive language and attacks.

By posting on Noozhawk, you:

» Agree to be respectful. Noozhawk encourages intelligent and impassioned discussion and debate, but now has a zero-tolerance policy for those who cannot express their opinions in a civil manner.

» Agree not to use Noozhawk’s forums for personal attacks. This includes any sort of personal attack — including, but not limited to, the people in our stories, the journalists who create these stories, fellow readers who comment on our stories, or anyone else in our community.

» Agree not to post on Noozhawk any comments that can be construed as libelous, defamatory, obscene, profane, vulgar, harmful, threatening, tortious, harassing, abusive, hateful, sexist, racially or ethnically objectionable, or that are invasive of another’s privacy.

» Agree not to post in a manner than emulates, purports or pretends to be someone else. Under no circumstances are readers posting to Noozhawk to knowingly use the name or identity of another person, whether that is another reader on this site, a public figure, celebrity, elected official or fictitious character. This also means readers will not knowingly give out any personal information of other members of these forums.

» Agree not to solicit others. You agree you will not use Noozhawk’s forums to solicit and/or advertise for personal blogs and websites, without Noozhawk’s express written approval.

Noozhawk’s management and editors, in our sole discretion, retain the right to remove individual posts or to revoke the access privileges of anyone who we believe has violated any of these terms or any other term of this agreement; however, we are under no obligation to do so.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >