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August 5, 2013
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Fall victim rescued near Hoyt’s Crossing

A female fall victim was transported Saturday by North San Juan and Nevada County Consolidated fire departments.

The patient was located about a mile up the South Yuba trail toward Hoyt’s Crossing, said North San Juan Fire Protection District Public Information Officer Christoffer Montelius.

The victim was transported on a wheeled rescue basket to an ambulance at the old 49 Bridge, Montelius said.

The narrow trail near Hoyt’s Crossing is a site where multiple people are injured every year, Montelius said.

“We’ve been there quite a few times for people who seem to break their ankles on the last stretch of Hoyt’s Crossing,” he said.

The two fire departments have combined efforts several times this year, Montelius said, because their areas of jurisdiction meet in the middle of the river, which has been a site for increased injury as more people have visited the river this year than previously.

“North San Juan and Consolidated have done quite a few rescues together this year — more than average along the river,” he said.

The same overlap exists near Edward’s Crossing and Purdon Crossing where North San Juan fire department and Cal Fire Station 42 combine efforts to assist injuries, Montelius said.

“We oftentimes end up carrying people out quite a ways, sometimes two or three miles, so we definitely need the manpower of at least two departments.”

To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email jterman@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.


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