An injured hiker was rescued off Islay Hill in San Luis Obispo on Monday by city firefighters and paramedics after she alerted officials of her injuries via cellphone.
At about 5:19 p.m., the San Luis Obispo Fire Department received a report of a hiker suffering a serious injury to her leg as the sun began to dip below the horizon.
A total of seven firefighters and paramedics, one fire engine and a fire truck responded to the scene. Crews walked up a trail to find the hiker alone and unable to walk. Paramedics administered pain medication for a serious but non-life-threatening leg injury.
Crews then placed the hiker in a rescue mule litter wheel — a stretcher with one large inflatable wheel capable of traversing rough terrain — and brought her down the mountain where an ambulance waited.
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She was then taken to French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo at about 6:30 p.m. Her condition was not known Tuesday afternoon.
Fire Department Chief Garret Olson noted Tuesday that the hiker was able to notify authorities with her cellphone, which also allowed crews to use GPS to determine her location. Olson said hikers should always carry cellphones, especially if alone or hiking near dusk.