Sonora, CA — A man who was hiking in the wilderness of the Stanislaus National Forest is being treated at the Sonora Regional Medical Center for a Rattlesnake bite.
On Wednesday night three men in their 30s were hiking along a river near Cherry Lake when one was bitten. The men stayed the night in the forest and two of them hiked out this morning leaving the victim behind who was experiencing swelling, numbness, and an elevated heart rate.
The men eventually reached a pay phone this afternoon and the Tuolumne County Search and Rescue team was called out to help. A CHP helicopter was used to hoist the man out of the area and transported him to Columbia, where he was then taken to Sonora Regional Medical Center and given anti-venom.