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There have been at least six rescues of hikers in the local mountains since the beginning of the year, according to the San Diego Fire Department. Two occurred on Monday on Cowles Mountain.
A woman visiting San Diego from out of town passed out while hiking to the top of Cowles Mountain Monday morning and had to be airlifted off the mountain.
One local fire captain said the woman, who was overcome by the heat, is an example of an ongoing problem at the popular exercise spot this time of year.
Monday evening, another hiker had to be rescued after falling. Her family says she likely broke her ankle. Fire Department officials say last year they averaged about 5 rescues a month in our local mountains, but the number of rescues early in the year has been unusual.
“I worked on Saturday and I’m working again today and this is my fourth one in these two days,” said Battalion Chief Dan Froelich.
“The weather is getting warmer and a lot of people made resolutions this year to hike the mountain,” said San Diego Fire Engine 31 Capt. Barry Betha.
The mountain, located near Mission Trails and Santee, is a popular destination for those looking to stay or get physically fit with a mile and a half of twisting trails to the top of the 950 foot peak.
Rescue crews say to take precaution if you’re going to hike the local mountains. Stay hydrated, take extra water and wear proper footwear. They also say carry a cell phone in case there’s an emergency.