Teen airlifted to hospital after hitting head at Adobe Falls

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SAN DIEGO – A teenage hiker who slipped, fell and hit her head on a rock, was rescued from Adobe Falls near San Diego State university Sunday afternoon and airlifted to a local hospital.

Firefighters, paramedics and rescue personnel were called shortly before 1 p.m. to the canyon area behind the 5900 block of Adobe Falls Road near Adobe Falls Place, just north of Interstate 8 in Del Cerro, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Lee Swanson.

She complained of pain on the right side of her body and the side of her head before being airlifted to Sharp Memorial Hospital in Kearny Mesa, but the extent of her injuries was not released.

The rescue operation took about an hour. The person who reported the fall to authorities said the victim was 19 years old, but rescuers calling the hospital on the radio said she was 16.