Off-duty Camp Pendleton Marines help ailing hiker in San Gabriel Mountains

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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — – Four off-duty Camp Pendleton Marines hiking in Los Angeles County drew praise Monday for happening upon an ailing hiker and carrying him to where a helicopter could airlift him to a hospital.

The rescue occurred around 4 p.m. Sunday on the roughly five-mile round-trip trail to Switzer Falls in the San Gabriel Mountains north of Altadena, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. That’s where a hiker reportedly experiencing chest pain placed an emergency call requesting help from the sheriff’s department’s Montrose search-and-rescue team.

As rescue crews hiked downstream, they encountered the hiker sooner than they expected, thanks to the San Diego County-based Marines.

“Four off-duty U.S. Marines from Camp Pendleton had run into the hiker downstream and carried him upstream for a more rapid rescue, hoist and transport,” according to a sheriff’s statement.

The hiker, whose name was not released, was taken to a local hospital and was expected to `get well soon, the sheriff’s department reported.

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