Rattlesnake bites woman at Torrey Pines

SAN DIEGO -- A woman was airlifted from a popular trail at Torrey Pines State Preserve Sunday afternoon after a rattlesnake bit her as she was hiking down to the beach, rangers said.

Hikers called 911 sometime after 1 p.m. to report that the woman had been bitten by a snake as she was hiking just above the stairs that descend to the beach at Flat Rock. Lifeguards and rangers drove down the beach and reached the woman from below. They  gave the her first aid until a helicopter from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department arrived. The helicopter lowered a paramedic and a basket to the trail. The helicopter crew hoisted the woman and the paramedic off the trail at about 1:40 p.m..

During the rescue operation, rangers closed the busy beach trail, turning hikers back. As soon as the woman was hoisted up to the helicopter, the trail reopened, but rangers warned hikers that the rattlesnake was probably still in the brush alongside the trail.

The condition of the snakebite victim was not immediately known.

We will update this developing story as we learn more.