Rescuers and a helicopter on scene where a mountain biker crashed Sunday on the Tunnel Trail in the mountains above Santa Barbara.
An injured mountain biker was rescued Sunday after crashing on the Tunnel Trail in the mountains above Santa Barbara. The 47-year-old male rider was airlifted to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital by a Santa Barbara County helicopter. (Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo)

An injured mountain biker was rescued Sunday after crashing in the mountains above Santa Barbara, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

Fire Capt. Scott Safechuck said firefighters and other emergency personnel were dispatched shortly before 7:30 a.m. to the incident on the Tunnel Trail above Mission Canyon.

The 47-year-old male rider had suffered a possible spinal injury in the crash, he said.

The man was treated at the scene by paramedics, then hoisted up into a county helicopter and flown to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Safechuck said.

The rider’s identity and details on his condition were not available.

Sheriff’s Search & Rescue team members assisted on the incident.

About two hours later, emergency personnel were again dispatched to the Tunnel Trail on a report of an injured hiker.

A 56-year-old woman had sustained an ankle injury near where the pavement on the access road gives way to dirt, Safechuck said.

Rescue crews were able to drive a vehicle up to the end of the pavement and bring the woman back down to the trailhead.

It’s unknown whether she was transported to the hospital, he said.

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A county helicopter was called in to hoist an injured mountain biker from the Tunnel Trail above Santa Barbara and fly the 47-year-old male rider to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

A county helicopter was called in to hoist an injured mountain biker from the Tunnel Trail above Santa Barbara and fly the 47-year-old male rider to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. (Glen Hodges photo)

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Tom Bolton, Noozhawk Executive Editor

Noozhawk executive editor Tom Bolton can be reached at tbolton@noozhawk.com.