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Helicopter makes Desolation rescue

Christina Proctor

An early summer camping expedition into a still snow-covered Desolation Wilderness ended abruptly Tuesday when a Berkeley boy fell down a steep snowbank and hit a tree.

In an attempt to help his friend, 17-year-old Jared Anderssel ended up being the one in need of rescue. El Dorado County Sheriff’s search and rescue coordinators said Anderssel was part of a Boy Scouts group that hiked in Monday and camped overnight at Lake of the Woods. On Tuesday afternoon several of the boys were playing on a snowy hillside when one slipped and slid down the bank. In an attempt to reach the boy, Anderssel slipped and fell 50 to 60 feet before being stopped by the tree, deputies said.

A cell phone call alerted authorities around 4:30 p.m. A team of search and rescue volunteers responded to Echo Lake, but never needed to hike in. The Careflight helicopter was able to land medical personnel near the boy and pick up Anderssel. He was transported to Barton Memorial Hospital with a broken rib and possible broken arm.

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