An injured hiker, who told authorities he fell three to five days ago and had been stranded ever since, was rescued Thursday from a hillside near Palm Springs by a helicopter crew.

A call came in at 8:12 a.m. that an injured hiker had been discovered by a passerby near Tahquitz Falls, according to the Palm Springs Fire Department.

Capt. Nathan Gunkel said the hiker called out to the reporting party, who then contacted first responders. A helicopter crew responded and hoisted him off the hillside.

The man, whose name and age were not provided, was transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries described as minor.

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