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Crews rescue injured hiker near Bonsai Rock at Lake Tahoe

Crews rescue injured hiker near Bonsai Rock at Lake Tahoe. (Courtesy: Washoe County Sheriff's Office)

One injured hiker was rescued Monday morning near Bonsai Rock at North Lake Tahoe, according to the Washoe County Sheriff's Office.

Bob Harmon with WCSO says at around 1:30 a.m. Monday, March 20, the sheriff's office received a report of a hiker at Bonsai Rock in Sand Harbor in need of medical attention.

Harmon says a couple, a male and a female, had parked along State Route 28 and were attempting to "walk down to the water's edge" of Lake Tahoe when the man, in his 50s, started experiencing health problems.

The woman, Harmon says, worked her way back up to the roadside when "good Samaritans" driving by stopped to see if she was OK.

After receiving the report of an injured hiker, WCSO Search and Rescue arrived on scene and set up a "high-angle" rescue using ropes and a litter (or a stretcher), Harmon says.

The man was successfully rescued and transported to the hospital by North Lake Tahoe Fire.

Harmon says the condition of the hiker is unknown at this time.

SR-28 was closed for roughly a half hour while crews performed the rescue. The highway reopened at around 6 a.m.


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