Hiker pinned for hours under 6,000-pound-plus boulder, California rescuers say

A boulder pinned a hiker for seven hours on a steep Inyo County hillside, California rescuers reported.

The rock, estimated to weigh from 6,000 to 10,000 kilos, trapped the hiker’s left leg, leaving him in “nice ache,” on Tuesday, Dec. 5, the Inyo County Search & Rescue staff mentioned in a Dec. 8 information launch.

A California Freeway Patrol helicopter dropped two rescuers close by whereas others adopted in autos on off-road automobile trails, rescuers mentioned.

Rescuers arrived after darkish and used a “system of ropes, pulleys, and leverage” to maneuver the boulder sufficient to extricate the injured hiker’s leg, the discharge mentioned.

Due to his accidents and the rugged terrain, the hiker was airlifted to a hospital by a helicopter, rescuers mentioned.

Discovering no place to land, a U.S. Navy helicopter lowered a medic, who was then hoisted again to the helicopter with the injured hiker, rescuers mentioned.

Inyo County lies on the California-Nevada border and contains a lot of Demise Valley Nationwide Park.

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