Chaffee County Search and Rescue South volunteers assisted 42-year-old Texas resident Michael Burton at about 6 p.m. Tuesday after he injured his ankle riding his bike on the “Uncle Nasty” Trail, part of the Salida trail system.

Ten Search and Rescue members responded to the base of Tenderfoot Mountain, Sheriff Pete Palmer reported in a press release.

“We weren’t exactly sure of the location,” said Search and Rescue member Brad Craig. “We knew we were pretty close, but he was hard to find, and we had poor cell coverage. We sent in one team first, to locate, and then once we found him, sent in a second team with the big wheel stretcher basket.”

Two members of Chaffee County Emergency Medical Services assisted in stabilizing Burton for the rough ride out of the steep trail system.

“It took a lot of effort to get him down,” Craig said. “He was in a lot of pain, so we took extra care. It was great having EMS on hand, who could hike up there and help us out.”

Burton was taken to Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center for treatment. His condition was not known at the time of the release.

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