Dramatic video of Keswick mountain biker rescue emerges

KESWICK — A mountain biker who was injured while riding on a rural Keswick area trail was airlifted to safety and flown to a local hospital for treatment Friday Jan. 25. CHP has since released dramatic video footage of the remote area rescue, which was filmed from the helicopter that hoisted the injured biker off the trail.


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CalFire and other emergency personnel had responded to the Nutter Butter Trail after receiving a report of a mountain bike rider “who had fallen in a difficult location to access and was injured,” CHP later reported. The popular riding and hiking trail is located near Keswick Reservoir, east of Whiskeytown Lake and northwest of Redding.

Based on the victim’s injuries and inaccessible location, officials at the scene determined the best option for the injured man was to perform a technical hoist rescue, and airlift the victim from the trail.

Officials requested assistance from CHP’s Northern Division Air Operations, at which time CHP’s H-16 copter was dispatched from Benton Field and arrived a short time later.

A CHP rescuer was lowered in to assist CalFire and other rescuers and the victim was soon hoisted off the trail in a basket. H-16 then transported the man directly to Mercy Redding Hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries, landing at the hospital just five minutes later.

No updates regarding the victim’s condition have been provided.

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CHP-Northern Division Air Operations video

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Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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