SAN DIEGO – Firefighters struggled to find an injured mountain biker who got trapped in a foggy, remote canyon near Torrey Highlands Wednesday night.
The man crashed his mountain bike at around 8 p.m. in the Black Mountain area. His friend called 911 for help, but San Diego Fire-Rescue crews had a difficult time pinpointing him in the fog. They were eventually able to use the GPS on his cell phone to locate him. Initially crews were going to try and airlift him out, but they couldn’t bring the helicopter in due to the fog.
“This is like trying to find a needle in a haystack,” SDFR Battalion Chief David Pilkerton said. “We were able to get the GPS coordinates from the cell phone that our dispatch did. We were able to ping that, give us the location.”
He was in serious condition with a major chest injury and a broken arm. He was transported by ambulance to a hospital. His name was not released.