Outdoors

Injured man, 68, rescued from Big McGee Lake in high Sierra

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.

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