An injured hiker was rescued Friday from a mountain trail near Idyllwild.
A “hiker down” call was received about 2:50 p.m. northeast of Humber Park, within the San Bernardino National Forest, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
Firefighters went to the location and attempted to access paths leading to where the victim was last reported seen, but they were difficult to navigate, leading fire personnel to seek assistance from a sheriff’s helicopter crew at Hemet-Ryan Airport.
The chopper crew headed to the area and overflew a peak, spotting an individual in apparent distress about 3:45 p.m. At 4 p.m., the deputies performed a hoist rescue, plucking the victim off of the mountain.
The hiker, whose identity was not released, was flown to a makeshift landing zone at the park, loaded into an ambulance and taken to a hospital via Highway 243 for treatment of an unspecified injury to the lower extremities.