August 18, 2010 (Ramona) – San Diego Sheriff’s ASTREA helicopter rescued five hikers last night, including a 20-year-old who was experiencing heat exhaustion symptoms. One of the hikers used her cell phone to call for help and advised they were not sure if they were on the correct trail. She also reported that one of her friends was unable to walk any further.
The hikers, all women, were located by ASTREA on a trail which leads from San Diego Country Estates in Ramona to Cedar Creek Falls, a popular hiking destination in the East County. The ASTREA crew located a nearby area suitable for landing and assisted the hikers to the helicopter. The victim and one companion were flown to the Ramona Fire Department near the San Vicente Golf Resort where emergency medical personnel began treatment of the victim.
Due to the remaining hikers unfamiliarity with the rugged trail and the darkness, ASTREA also flew them to the Ramona Fire Department where Sheriff's deputies transported them to their vehicles.
The trail to Cedar Creek Falls is rugged and steep. Recently it has been the scene for numerous rescues, including a recent incident in which a hiker's dog collapsed and died on the trail during intense heat. Hikers are advised to carry plenty of water in this location.