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Man Rescued by Helicopter in San Juan Capistrano

The 57-year-old broke his ankle and was ushered into surgery.

A 57-year-old man was rescued by helicopter Saturday in San Juan Capistrano. Photo courtesy of the Orange County Fire Authority.
A 57-year-old man was rescued by helicopter Saturday in San Juan Capistrano. Photo courtesy of the Orange County Fire Authority.

Originally posted at 10:44 p.m. Dec. 28, 2013. Edited to add photos.

A 57-year-old man who broke an ankle today while trying to retrieve his downed remote-controlled airplane from steep terrain in San Juan Capistrano was hoisted to safety by a rescue helicopter, authorities said.

The man was injured around 3 p.m. in the area of Calle Andalucia and Paseo Peregrino, said Capt. Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority.

The victim ventured onto steep, uneven terrain to retrieve the plane and fell into a 10-foot hole that was obscured by brush, Concialdi said.

He suffered a severely broken right ankle and was rescued by urban search and rescue firefighters from Mission Viejo who were lowered from an OCFA helicopter, Concialdi said.

The man was put into a Stokes basket and hoisted to an awaiting ambulance that took  him to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, where he was to undergo surgery, Concialdi said.

-- City News Service

Donna Fleming December 29, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Boys and their toys. ?
Maria December 29, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Ummmmm ... A new plane surely would have been cheaper
GreenInOC December 29, 2013 at 09:42 PM
@Maria, yes, I'm sure he realized that there was a 10-foot hole that he couldn't see but decided that it would fun to fall in.
Maria December 29, 2013 at 10:01 PM
@greeninoc I wasn't judging his decision to retrieve his plane ... RC planes are replaceable ...
Angus Kevin Mckay December 30, 2013 at 08:56 AM
So are hips and most joints yay, replace. At least he is alright.

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