Three hikers who suffered a medical emergency while on a trail in the San Jacinto mountains were rescued by a sheriff’s helicopter Saturday.

The medical emergency was reported at about 11:50 a.m. on the Art Smith trail near Palm Desert, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

The hiking party was located and flown to a parking lot by a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department helicopter, where the hikers were evaluated by paramedics.

All three hikers refused further medical treatment, fire officials said.

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