Injured hiker rescued at Wellman’s Divide

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On Saturday, July 19, California Department of Parks and Recreation, with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol Aviation Unit, rescued an injured female hiker from Mt. San Jacinto State Park.

About 4 p.m., the state parks received a brief cell phone call about an injured hiker at Wellman’s Divide; unfortunately, the call was dropped. A rescue team was quickly assembled consisting of one ranger and four park aides.

The first member of the rescue team hiked 3 miles to Wellman’s Divide with rescue and medical equipment, and found the subject in less than an hour. On scene, the rescuer determined that the injured hiker, from Culver City, could not make it down the mountain on her own, said Todd Friedman of the state parks. The rest of the state parks rescue team with additional equipment arrived on scene to assist.

The aviation unit was contacted to help coordinate rescue efforts. The rescue team carried the injured person about 1 mile to Round Valley where the CHP helicopter was waiting.

From there, CHP transported the subject to Long Valley where the injured hiker rode the Palm Springs Tram down the mountain and was released about 7 p.m., according to Friedman.

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