Mt. Tam Air Rescue of Hiker, Dog

By Bay City News
|  Monday, Apr 11, 2011  |  Updated 7:05 AM PDT
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Mt. Tam Air Rescue of Hiker, Dog

Miguel Vieira

With well-marked and heavily trafficked trails, it's hard to get lost on Mount Tamalpais -- yet people somehow manage.

A California Highway Patrol helicopter rescued a hiker and his dog  from a trail on Mount Tamalpais Sunday evening, officials said.

The Marin County Sheriff's Office requested helicopter assistance  to find the hiker after the 47-year-old man from Marin County called  authorities from his cell phone at about 5:30 p.m., officials said.

The man called for assistance when he realized that he was in need  of help and was improperly dressed for the cold weather, officials said. The  hiker was dressed in shorts and a long-sleeved shirt, and the temperature was  dropping especially under the canopy of trees.

Because of the trees and thick underbrush, the CHP Helicopter 32  was unable to find the hiker after combing the area for about 30 minutes,  officials said.

The helicopter crew was able to narrow down the man's location  using his directions to sheriff's office dispatchers, which were relayed to  the flight crew.

The helicopter crew lowered a paramedic to medically evaluate the  man, who was uninjured, and prepare him to be hoisted into the helicopter,  officials said.

The paramedic packaged the man and his chocolate Labrador  Retriever, Rocky, in a rescue harness that was hoisted into the helicopter,  according to the CHP.

Rocky and his owner were safely taken to a command post.

CHP officers applaud the man for recognizing that he needed help.

Officers said Rocky appeared fine after his first, and hopefully  last, helicopter flight.

This was the second Marin County rescue today for the CHP's air  operations unit based out of the Napa Airport.

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