An injured man was airlifted by helicopter from a Guadalupe beach and transported to Marian Regional Medical Center Thursday morning, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

County Fire and the Guadalupe Fire Department responded to a medical emergency call at the Guadalupe Dunes around 8:45 a.m., County Fire Capt. Daniel Bertucelli said. 

The specific location of the call was unknown due to “cell phone issues as well as other communication issues,” he said. 

“Upon arrival of the first engine company, it was determined that the subject would have to be transported from the area with an alternate vehicle other than a fire engine, due to the sand and the engine’s inability to get to the location,” said Bertucelli. 

After fog cleared, a helicopter was able to find the patient, a 70-year-old man, make a hoist rescue, and transport him to the hospital, Bertucelli said. 

The man’s condition was unknown, he added. 

Helicopter Extraction of subject having medical emergency at W. Main Beach in Guadalupe. SBC Fire Air Support Unit hoisted 70 YO male with ankle injury and transported him to Marian Hospital. Call newsline for more info.@YourFireChief

— Daniel Bertucelli (@SBCFireInfo) August 8, 2019

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