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Video: Calif. paramedic, EMT lowered into ravine to rescue injured driver

The Sonoma County pair were lowered 200 feet to reach a patient approximately 100 feet off the roadway


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By Kerry Benefield
The Press Democrat

Aug. 20—A motorist who drove into a steep ravine off Calistoga Road was rescued via helicopter Friday afternoon.

Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department’s Henry 1 helicopter was on air patrol at the time of the 4:05 p.m. crash, according to a department statement on the agency’s official Facebook page.

The helicopter was on scene within 5 minutes of the call, according to officials.

Emergency responders on the ground located the driver, who was approximately 100 feet from the roadway and in the ravine.

Using a 200-foot line from the helicopter, a paramedic and emergency medical technician were lowered to the patient, who had sustained moderate injuries. The patient was flown in an air stretcher to a waiting ambulance and take to a hospital.

An update on the driver’s condition was not available Sunday.

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