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[Updates] Medical Rescue Initiated for an Injured Motorcyclist in Mendocino National Forest Near Big Signal Lookout Tower

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Scanner traffic indicates a medical rescue is underway regarding reports of a downed motorcyclists near the Big Signal Lookout Tower. The motorcyclist is reportedly suffering from a broken hip near the summit of Big Signal Peak, only accessible by rough, rural roads.

Scanner traffic indicates a helicopter is responding to the incident with the intention to hoist the patient.

Several agencies have been requested to the incident including Potter Valley Fire and Ukiah Valley Fire Authority. Lake Pillsbury Fire has also been requested to responded to the incident because they are considered closer.

UPDATE 3:41 p.m.: The helicopter reported they have landed about one mile below the patient and arrangements are being made to get the patient to the landing zone. One of the responding firefighters has been instructed to pick up the litter from the helicopter as they ascend the mountain.

UPDATE 4:12 p.m.: A second helicopter is landing on the mountain providing more rescuers and rescue equipment. The first Reach air ambulance crew successfully hiked to the patient who is being described as conscious and alert. For interested readers, you can watch the rescue in real-time by visiting the Alert Wildfire Eden Valley webcam.

UPDATE 5:13 p.m.: The patient has successfully been extricated from the mountain after the helicopters engaged in a patient switch. All the ground crews were cancelled and due to the remoteness of the incidence, they never reached the scene.

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Matt LaFever
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I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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