Falmouth Fire Rescue Department—joined by first responders from Joint Base Cape Cod—traveled over hill and dale, literally, on Sunday afternoon, November 22, to rescue a man injured while mountain biking in the woods just south of the military base.
The 37-year-old bicyclist apparently injured himself when he lost control of his bike after jumping over an obstacle on one of the many mountain bike trails in the woods between Route 151 and the base, Falmouth Fire Captain Ryan Gavin said.
“He was riding on a trail and doing recreational jumps. He landed awkwardly on one of the jumps—went over the handlebars and onto a berm,” Captain Gavin said.
The 911 call came in at about 1:30 PM, but the location was non-specific, the captain said. The Barnstable County Sheriff’s Emergency Communications Center was able to ping the cellphone of the injured man’s friend.
As Falmouth Fire Rescue workers made their way to the injured man through the woods in a utility vehicle, the communications center continually pinged their signal to pinpoint how far they were from the victim, Captain Gavin said.
The terrain was rough and many signals were needed to locate the injured man.
“There were multiple trails and no easy way to get to him. It took us about 40 minutes to get to him, but it was a good outcome thanks to a multi-jurisdictional effort,” Captain Gavin said. “A great job by all involved.”
Falmouth and Joint Base Cape Cod responders loaded the man onto a litter, attached it to the utility vehicle and ultimately brought him to Falmouth hospital by ambulance for treatment.
His injuries were not life-threatening, the fire captain said.
The fire department had no other details Sunday night about the injured man.
In all, about six rescue workers from the military base and five from Falmouth responded to the call, Captain Gavin said.