A woman out for a hike in Whitewater was rescued after she was unable to make her way down, law enforcement officials reported today.
According to Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies, a 43-year-old Indio resident called her boyfriend at about 8 p.m., on Sunday Jan. 27 from the Pacific Crest Trail and alerted him she needed help descending the mountain.
A sheriff’s helicopter was deployed and spotted the woman on the mountain.
The air crew was unable to make a nighttime rescue and advised the woman to stay put until ground crews could reach her.
The Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit made their way up the trail, found the woman and helped her to back to her car, Sgt. Beatty stated in a sheriff’s report.
Although the woman was cold, she did not suffer any injuries and refused medical treatment.
Sheriff’s officials advise people to be well prepared before setting out on a hike.
“Proper preparedness includes a well thought-out travel plan shared with friends and family, as well as familiarity with common hiking equipment, such as G.P.S., maps and compasses,” Sgt. Beatty added.
The Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit offers many lifesaving tips at their website: www.rmru.com.
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