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.