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EMIGRANT GAP — A California Highway Patrol helicopter crew rescued a man Sunday who took a 20 foot tumble in rugged terrain.

The victim, identified as 58-year-old Donald Stockard of Antelope, was hiking with a group, trying to reach the American River from the North Fork Campground near Emigrant Gap when he fell.

The hikers were able to use a cell phone to call for help. Cal Fire crews hiked in and prepared Stockard for a helicopter hoist lift.

The CHP Valley Division’s H-20 helicopter responded from the Air Operation base in Auburn and lifted Stockard to a nearby Truckee Fire Department ambulance.

He was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the fall.