Hiker rescued in Palm Springs

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - A San Diego man got separated from a friend during a hike near the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, sprained his ankle and was later rescued by two helicopters, a sergeant said.

Sheriff's deputies received a call at 12:40 p.m. Saturday about the hiker who also bumped his head when he stumbled along the Skyline Trail.

The hiker, Louie Terrazas, sent a text message to his wife who then alerted
deputies, Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Richard Beatty said. Deputies, state park rangers and the crew of a sheriff's helicopter scrambled to find Terrazas.

By 3:16 p.m., the helicopter crew spotted Terrazas.

Park rangers were flown to the location and found Terrazas severely sprained his ankle and suffered a minor head injury. By 6 p.m., the hiker was flown by a second helicopter crew to a hospital for treatment of his injuries, Beatty said.

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