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CHP locates, rescues hiker in Huasna Valley area

A CHP helicopter hoists a stranded hiker out of a rural area near Huasna Valley on Monday, July 12, 2010.
A CHP helicopter hoists a stranded hiker out of a rural area near Huasna Valley on Monday, July 12, 2010. Photo courtesy CHP

Update: A CHP crew used a rescue harness to hoist a hiker in his 50s and bring him back to Paso Robles about 7:20 p.m., said Joe Kingman, a CHP officer and pilot.

CHP officers were able to locate the man using GPS coordinates after he used a function on his emergency locator beacon to call for help.

“Thank goodness we got there when we did,” said Kingman, who described the man as an experienced hiker who ran out of water in a rugged area, not accessible by a road.

Kingman said the area was north of Highway 166 and between Arroyo Grande and California Valley.

He said the man was “exhausted” but was not transported to a hospital.

Original story:A CHP helicopter hoisted a hiker out of the Huasna Valley area this afternoon after he alerted authorities that he needed assistance by using a 911-locating device, officials said.

The county sheriff’s department was called about 4 p.m. and alerted CHP officials, who dispatched a helicopter to search for the man, said CHP Flight Officer Chris Warren.

The man, who was not identified, did not appear to need medical assistance but needed “to get out of a bad spot,” Warren said.

After locating the man, the CHP crew took the helicopter back to Paso Robles for fuel, additional crew and equipment before heading back to help him.

— Cynthia Lambert

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