The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team responded to South Lake Tahoe at 12:05 p.m. on Dec. 8 on a report of an injured hiker on Mt. Tallac.
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At the time, Mt. Tallac, a 9,375-foot mountain just south of Emerald Bay, was covered in ice and snow, a press release stated.
The injured hiker, identified as Brian Meek, 50, of Portland, Ore., had been hiking alone on a trail at the top of the mountain. Meek, the press release stated, was hiking in snowshoes when he lost traction on ice and began to slide, losing control. He slide more than 400 feet into an area known as West Bowl before colliding with a large rock. He sustained multiple injuries, including multiple compound fractures to his legs, necessitating a rapid response from SAR.
SAR was assisted by Douglas County Search and Rescue volunteers, CHP Air Operations, Lake Valley Fire Department and the CALSTAR 6 helicopter. The helicopters from CALSTAR and CHP were unable to land due to the icy conditions.
Rescuers had to be inserted and use mountaineering skills to reach Meek. They were able to hoist the injured hiker into a CHP helicopter and was then transferred to CALSTAR 6. The CALSTAR helicopter transported him to Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nev., for treatment.