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Hiker airlifted to Mission Hospital

Hiker airlifted to Mission Hospital
(Courtesy Laguna Beach Fire Department)

The Laguna Beach Fire Department and Orange County Fire Authority rescued an injured hiker via helicopter at 10:22 a.m. Saturday in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, according to a news release.

The 51-year-old man, who was just off of the Laguna Ridge Trail on the north side of Laguna Canyon Road, was deemed a trauma case due to his medical needs and injuries sustained.

After Laguna Beach firefighters made their way in about a half-mile to locate and treat the man, they determined he couldn’t be hand-carried out, so he had to be transported by helicopter to Mission Hospital Trauma Center in Mission Viejo.

A friend who was hiking with the man wasn’t sure what caused the medical emergency, but said the two had hiked quite a distance and remained hydrated, the release said.

Laguna Beach Fire Capt. and paramedic Eric Lether and his crew from Engine 1, including engineer/paramedic Alex Pacheco, firefighter Danny Kalscheuer, and Laguna Engine 3 engineer Knox Tiernan treated the victim once they reached him.

OCFA Helicopter 2, along with a technical rescue crew from OCFA Truck 9, airlifted him to the hospital.

—Alisha Gomez