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A California hiker pinned down by a five-ton boulder has been saved from 'chilly December darkness' during a daring seven-hour rescue mission.
The hiker became trapped beneath a boulder last Tuesday in the Inyo Mountains below Santa Rita Flat near Independence, according to Inyo County Search and Rescue.
A nine person rescue team arrived at the scene after dark and said they found the hiker - who has not been identified - 'in great pain with his left leg pinned beneath a large boulder on a steep hillside.'
Two rescuers were inserted by a California Highway patrol Central Division Air Operations helicopter and seven other team members followed in vehicles navigating a network for four-wheel drive roads.
'Using a system of ropes, pulleys, and leverage, the SAR team was able to shift the boulder enough to free the hiker, and assess and stabilize his injuries,' officials said.
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