Deputies rescued a 12-year-old Girl Scout, who was hiking on a trail in the San Jacinto Wilderness near the San Jacinto Peak at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, a sheriff’s spokesman said today.
Shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday, the sheriff’s department received a cellphone call from a member of the injured girl’s troop to request assistance for the girl who had stumbled off the trail and fractured her ankle, sheriff’s Sgt. James Burton said.
“The Riverside Sheriff’s Aviation Helicopter responded to the area and conducted a search for the injured hiker at the same time the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit began a search of the ground,” Burton said.
At about 7:55 p.m., the helicopter located the injured hiker, and with the assistance of the Mountain Rescue Unit, they were able to load her onto a hoist and into the helicopter. She was then taken to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs to be evaluated, Burton said.
The hiker was identified as being from San Diego, but because of her age, her name was withheld, according to the sergeant.