Teen who died while hiking identified

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CAMPO, Calif. – The 19-year-old man who died of an apparent medical problem while trying to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mexico border to Idyllwild was publicly identified Saturday.

Timothy Evan Nodal of Julian died on the trail near Lake Morena Friday afternoon, the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office announced today. No cause of death was released.

hikerNodal set out to hike with a friend Wednesday, stopped to rest that night, then started again Thursday morning, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office. Thursday afternoon, Nobel told his companion he was not feeling well and to continue without him.

Nodal eventually picked up where he left off, but later injured his leg. He alerted his stepfather via text message and told him he again did not feel well, the Medical Examiner’s Office said.

The victim’s stepfather made an emergency call shortly before 1:30 p.m., according to Cal Fire and the Medical Examiner’s Office. A helicopter crew was deployed to find the young man.

When public safety personnel met up with Nodal near Lake Morena in the Campo area, he was alert and talking, but his breathing was labored, Cal Fire officials said.

His condition soon worsened, and he passed out and stopped breathing, Cal Fire said. Medics tried to revive him, but he died at the scene.

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