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Helicopter Aids Ailing Hiker on Mount Burdell

Man in his 30s falls ill, receives help from fire crew in pickup truck after chopper medic sees no trauma.

A Mount Burdell hiker received some special assistance from a fire crew and a helicopter Wednesday afternoon after a dizzy spell.

A source said a man in his 30s was on a trail above Hidden Lake when he became light-headed at about 1:30 p.m.. After receiving a call for assistance, first-responders asked a rescue helicopter crew in the area to swing by and see if it was a serious situation. The helicopter landed and a medic assessed the hiker just before a fire district pickup truck arrived. There was no trauma and aerial transport was unncessesary, the medic decided.

The man was shuttled down the mountain to an ambulance that awaited at the end of San Andreas Drive, according to the fire district.

Scott Stokes April 05, 2012 at 03:21 PM
In fact, the hilicopter/crew provided no assistance other than saying their services were not needed. The title indicates otherwise.
Brent Ainsworth (Editor) April 05, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Got the info straight from the fire district, which is a trusted source. Glad you chimed in, though.
Jim Davidson April 06, 2012 at 05:29 PM
The helicopter was able to locate the victim for the ground units - but wasn't needed for transportation as the patient's condition didn't warrant a flight to the hospital. Good call by all.....

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