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Father hiking with son on Pacific Crest Trail rescued by helicopter after becoming dehydrated

PACIFIC CREST TRAIL – A dad hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) with his son had to be hoist rescued with a helicopter after suffering a heat-related illness, officials said.

It happened at about 4:30 pm on Saturday, July 27, 2019, when the 62-year-old man and his 28-year-old son were hiking the trail east from Lake Silverwood.

While on the trail the dad suffered from dehydration and lost consciousness. His son used his cell phone to call 911, officials said.

San Bernardino County Sheriff Department’s helicopter, 40King5, responded to the GPS location given and located the two on the PCT, 2 miles east of Deep Creek Hot Springs.

The crew determined a hoist rescue was needed and requested the assistance of Air Rescue 306, officials said.

“San Bernardino County Sheriff Department’s Air Rescue 306 responded to the location and lowered a rescue medic to Douglas and Casey. Both were placed in rescue harnesses and hoisted into the helicopter. They were transported to Bowen Ranch and released to medical personnel,” stated a sheriff’s news release.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind the public about the dangers of hiking in the local mountains and desert. Without proper experience and preparation, this type of activity can lead to serious injury or death. 

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