A 24-year-old Belmont man was rescued Friday afternoon after he had an accident while riding his mountain bike in the canyon area above Water Dog Lake.
At approximately 4:10 p.m. Friday, Belmont fire and police units responded to a report of an injured mountain biker in the canyon in the Water Dog Lake Open Space Park, in the western hills of Belmont. Emergency personnel were met at the park entrance off Hallmark Drive, by another mountain biker who told them he had been riding on the John Brooks Trail and came across the injured and disorientated victim. After checking the victim, the Good Samaritan then road back up to the park entrance where he called 911 from his cellphone, according to Belmont police.
Firefighters used pickup trucks from the Belmont fire and police departments to reach the victim, who was approximately three-quarters of a mile down the trail. The victim was treated at the scene by Belmont Fire Department paramedics and transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The victim was wearing a helmet and appropriate safety gear, according to Belmont police.
As the summer months approach, the Belmont Fire Department is reminding the public of the following tips while using the trails in Belmont or any open space area:
• Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear;
• Mountain bike or hike with a friend. But if you go alone, be sure to let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back;
• Make sure you or someone with you has a cellphone; and
• In the event of an accident, if possible, someone in your party or as in this case if you find an injured person, should go to a street, trailhead or other location where they can meet emergency personnel and direct them to the victim.