Nevada County Consolidated Fire Department was called out for an injured hiker shortly after 10 pm Saturday. Units met with the reporting party who advised he could hear an individual calling for help from his residence which overlooks the Yuba River. Crews could hear faint calls for help and see a dim flashlight approximately 1 mile away. CHP Helicopter 20 arrived at scene, evaluated the situation and determined a helicopter based rescue would not be possible due to the darkness and hazards present in the river canyon. Nevada County Consolidated Division Chief David Ray says the Helicopter did provide lighting at the incident as rescue crews hiked, forged, and scalled the river canyon to get to the victim. *
Rescue crews evaluated the victim and determined he was on the verge of dehydration, but could hike out with assistance. Rescue crews and the hiker made it back to the vehicles at approximately 1am where the victim was checked by paramedics and released.