Efforts to rescue a horse reported to have tumbled off a trail near Auburn into an isolated area of the American River canyon were continuing late today. The rider was initially reported by radio dispatchers to be uninjured but the horse apparently rolled over several times before coming to rest in a canyon area off a trail near Tamaroo Bar.
The report of the horse in distress drew Cal Fire and California State Parks personnel to the scene. Several firefighters were observed near the State Parks Auburn State Recreation Area office on Highway 49 preparing to bring trail-clearing equipment down to where the horse was. In the sky, a California Highway Patrol helicopter circled several times.
A distance runner who directed emergency workers to where the horse and rider were at Tamaroo Bar told the Journal the horse was traveling on a newly rehabilitated area of trail, slipped and then went off the pathway after being spooked. The horse’s tumble was initially reported at about 5 p.m. and efforts were continuing as darkness began to set in at about 6:45 p.m. to bring the horse out.
One option would be to have the helicopter fly the horse out suspended from a sling – a technique used successfully in an American River canyon rescue in the 1990s near Auburn.
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