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A mountain biker was injured Tuesday while riding on a trail south of Corona, requiring firefighters to mount a rescue operation to find him in the Cleveland National Forest.

The “man down” was reported about 12:30 p.m. in the area of Skyline Drive and Skinwalker Trail, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

The agency said that crews from the county and Corona Fire Department were sent to the area to initiate a rescue, with the aid of a sheriff’s helicopter crew.

Firefighters established a staging area on the perimeter of the forest and requested that the helicopter crew look for the victim to better direct them to his location, or initiate a hoist rescue.

As of 1:30 p.m., the operation was still underway, with no word on the victim’s status.

It was unclear how the mountain biker had been injured.

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