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Hiker rescued after collapsing from heat stroke near Mountain Center


Last updated 8/20/2018 at 4:55pm

MOUNTAIN CENTER - A hiker who collapsed from heat exhaustion on a trail north of Mountain Center was rescued this afternoon by sheriff's deputies.

The “hiker down'' call was received about 3:30 p.m. in the area of Coldwater and Strawberry creeks in the San Bernardino National Forest, west of state Route 243, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

The victim, whose name was not disclosed, was hiking with a friend when he fainted and became delirious, prompting the other party to call 911, according to reports from the scene.

A sheriff's helicopter crew was sent to the area to pinpoint the hikers' location and guide deputies on all-terrain vehicles to the spot.

The victim was found suffering from severe dehydration and unable to walk, according to sheriff's officials.

The hiker was placed on an ATV and taken to Idyllwild, where fire department paramedics and an ambulance crew were waiting near the intersection of Apela and Temecula drives to transport him to San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital in Banning for treatment.


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