- Associated Press - Friday, June 6, 2014

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. (AP) - Officials say they airlifted a kayaker injured on a remote stretch of river in Central California’s rugged High Sierra.

Madera County Sheriff John Anderson said Friday that a five-member team sent out a distress signal around noon after a 34-year-old Sacramento man injured both legs escaping from his kayak, which had been sucked under.

The California Highway Patrol send a helicopter, which Anderson said found the kayakers on the San Joaquin River at an elevation of nearly 7,000 feet and miles from the nearest road.

The helicopter lifted the injured man to safety within 90 minutes, and an ambulance took him to an area hospital.

Anderson says that the kayakers planned ahead by bringing the emergency device capable sending a signaling even from remote places.


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