Women Rescued at Lake Hodges, Mission Trails

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    A San Diego FIre Department helicopter helped rescue a woman from a Lake Hodges hiking trail

    A San Diego Fire Department helicopter crew and paramedics rescued a woman who suffered an unknown injury along one of the foot trails near Lake Hodges Saturday morning.

    Initial reports around 9:35 a.m. indicated the 45-year-old woman had a heat-related injury, but a Fire Department watch commander said the woman could have suffered an additional injury as well. 

    She was hoisted by a resuce helicopter and relocated to the Lake Hodges boat ramp where she was transported to Pomerado hospital, authorities said.

    The woman was hiking about three miles down one of the foot trails near Lake Hodges. She was too far from the trailhead to be carried out on a stretcher. 

    Just before 12:30 p.m., another heat-related injury was reported at Mission Trails Regional Park.

    Authorities said the 20-year-old woman suffered from heat exhaustion and required medical assistance. A helicopter was used to transport the woman off the trail and to a hospital.

    Authorities recommend residents hydrate and keep cool during the scorching temperatures Saturday.

    A spokesman for the San Diego Fire Department recommended people avoid physical activity outdoors today.

    "Quite simply the average person shoudn't be out doing anything strenuous in weather conditions like this. Period," SDFD Spokesman Maurice Luque said. "Exercising; hiking; gardening. Don't do it today. Simple."

    Luque said the heat wave is particularly dangerous because residents haven't adjusted to the high temperatures that came on suddenly. He said even firefighters are restricting their physical activity today.

    The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook, saying temperatures could reach up to 100 degrees near the beach this weekend.