San Diego County sheriff's deputies rescued five hikers from a trail leading to Cedar Creek Falls Tuesday evening. One of the hikers called for help after one of her friends couldn't walk any further, deputies said.
The five women were on a trail leading from San Diego Country Estates in Ramona to the popular, and difficult-to-get-to, waterfall in the rural part of East County.
Deputies said one of the hikers, a 20-year old, was experiencing heat exhaustion symptoms when the group called for help around 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Deputies sent their ASTREA-3 helicopter and found a nearby area to land. The victim and one friend were flown to the Ramona Fire Department near the San Vincente Golf Resort, deputies said in a news release.
The helicopter then returned and flew the remaining hikers, who were unfamiliar with the trail, to the fire department.