December 19, 2014
A Sacramento man suffered serious injuries when he fell about 800 feet while hiking in the Sierra near Lake Tahoe.
The El Dorado County sheriff's office said Paul Frydendal, 47, was hiking on a ridge between Flag Pole Peak and Echo Peak when he fell around midday Sunday.
A search was launched and Frydendal was located by a California Highway Patrol helicopter pilot, who then flew two rescuers to the rugged site, authorities said.
Two other rescuers reached the site by snowmobile, and the four climbed the mountainous terrain to reach Frydendal.
Frydendal was flown to Washoe Medical Center in Reno, where he was listed in serious condition with severe facial and head injuries.
The sheriff's office said he also suffered a compound leg fracture.