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Injured mountain biker rescued from remote trail at Alafia park

TAMPA — It took Hillsborough County Fire Rescue about an hour Sunday to haul an injured man out of Alafia River State Park after he fell while mountain biking on a remote trail.

Agency spokesman Ronnie Rivera said the man was on a trail a half mile from the nearest roadway. So Rivera said personnel called in the "heavy rescue" team, which specialize in these sorts of difficult situations.

Friends bicycling with the man — he was not identified by Fire Rescue — called 911 about 1:30 p.m. after he fell. Rivera said he did not know what injuries the man sustained, but he said they were not-life threatening. The man was described as stable.

With the rough terrain, rescue personnel had to rig a system of ropes tied to trees and to the patient basket on which the injured man lay, Rivera said. They also used a special stretcher that rolls along on a big, all-terrain tire that can be pushed or pulled along a rocky path.

"They used the trees and manpower to haul the man out," Rivera said.

Injured mountain biker rescued from remote trail at Alafia park 03/16/14 [Last modified: Sunday, March 16, 2014 4:28pm]
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