Injured hiker rescued at Mission Trails

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SAN DIEGO – An injured hiker was recovering Tuesday morning after crews rescued him from a cliff at Mission Trails Regional Park.

San Diego police and San Diego fire/rescue personnel worked together to rescue the hiker who hurt his ankle on the Climber’s Loop trail in Mission Gorge around 9:45  p.m. Monday.

Rescue crews had trouble locating the man, who was in his 20s, because of the dark. A rescue helicopter eventually located the hiker after he shined his cellphone light in its direction, but it was determined unsafe for the chopper to land because of the hiker’s position on a steep cliff.

Rescuers instead opted to hike up to the man. At one point, crews were unable to continue along the trail with their equipment, so firefighters hiked up the south side of the mountain and helped the injured hiker from above.

The man was not seriously hurt and was expected to be OK.

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