Distressed Hiker Helicoptered Out of Los Padres National Forest
A hiker with a heat-related illness was helicoptered out of the backcountry in the Los Padres National Forest on Sunday afternoon.
At 1:48 p.m., Santa Barbara County firefighters and a county helicopter responded to a medical emergency on the Hurricane Deck hiking trail in the Los Padres National Forest.
The helicopter was the first on scene and used GPS coordinates from the 911 call to locate the victim. Five hikers were discovered and one 36-year-old female was suffering from a heat-related illness due to extreme heat, said County Fire Public Information Officer Mike Eliason.
The female was hoisted and taken to Santa Barbara Airport and was then transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital by ground ambulance.