Hiker rescued from Cowles Mountain

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SAN DIEGO — A 69-year-old woman who was overcome with heat exhaustion while hiking had to be airlifted off Cowles Mountain in the East County Saturday afternoon, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue officials.

An open-space rescue unit was dispatched at 12:40 p.m. to the trail head at Golfcrest Drive and Navajo Road in the San Carlos area, SDFD spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.

The woman, whose name was not released, was airlifted off the mountain by the city’s Copter 2 to an awaiting ambulance and taken to a local hospital.

The woman’s medical condition was not released. There were no other injuries.