Carson man rescued by helicopter after fall |

Carson man rescued by helicopter after fall

A helicopter rescue crew from the Naval Air Station Fallon came to the aid of a Carson City man who dislocated his hip after falling Thursday on a Kings Canyon trail.

Michael Woodman, 55, had surgery on his hip at Carson-Tahoe Hospital during the afternoon and was discharged Thursday night. According to reports, he fell while hiking near a waterfall about a half-mile from the trailhead at the end of Kings Canyon Road.

Carson firefighters were at the scene shortly after receiving a 911 call from the man’s wife at 10:28 a.m.; however, the area where Woodman fell made it impossible for fire crews to safely remove him on the ground.

The Huey helicopter, manned with team of five Navy rescuers, hoisted Woodman out in a basket and brought him to the intersection of Kings Canyon Road and Carlisle Court where he was transported by ambulance to the hospital.

Battalion Chief Vincent Pirozzi said the helicopter was too large to land on the helipad at Carson-Tahoe Hospital. The intersection was blocked off by emergency crews.

The rescue lasted several hours, making Woodman’s wait difficult, he said. Firefighters were called off at 1:51 p.m.

“He wasn’t far off the dirt road but there was no way to get him out,” Pirozzi said. “Even with pulleys there was another ledge we would have had to deal with.”

Woodman’s wife called emergency dispatchers on a cellular phone. His daughter was also at the scene when emergency crews arrived.

The couple had apparently gone to the waterfall for a picnic, reports indicate.

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