Mono County authorities on Tuesday night rescued a 68-year-old man who had fallen and suffered a serious leg injury at Big McGee Lake, just over the Sierra Crest from Edison Lake.
The man slipped and fell late Tuesday afternoon on a large granite rock, suffering cuts on his right knee with extensive bleeding, said Mono County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jennifer M. Hansen. His camping mates sent a distress signal using a SPOT satellite/GPS beacon that was conveyed to the sheriff's office, which sent its Search and Rescue Team to the high-country lake northwest of Bishop.
Just before midnight a helicopter from China Lake Naval Air Station was able to land nearby and meet up with the rescuers; it flew the injured man to Mammoth/Yosemite Airport.
There was no immediate word on the man's condition.