A hiker fell ill Friday on a mountain trail in the San Bernardino National Forest between Anza and Mountain Center, requiring Riverside County fire crews to mount a rescue with the help of a sheriff’s helicopter.
The “hiker down” call was received about 11:20 a.m. on the Cedar Springs Trail just east of Highway 74, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
The victim, whose name and age were not released, was with a fellow hiker when he suffered possible dehydration, becoming dizzy and sick on the trail. They called 911, and county fire personnel went to the trailhead to look for the pair, but the terrain posed steep challenges, according to reports from the scene.
A sheriff’s helicopter crew from Hemet-Ryan Airport was summoned to help with locating the victim and his companion, but as of 12:30 p.m., the helicopter had not yet reached the area.