Hiker Rescued Off Local Hiking Trail

PALM DESERT, Calif. - Firefighters administered CPR Saturday to a hiker in full cardiac arrest on a trail in Mesa View, an unincorporated area of Palm Desert, before taking him to an area hospital, according to a Cal Fire spokeswoman.

Shortly after 1 p.m., fire crews reached an elderly man reported down in full arrest on the Art Smith hiking trail, just west of the Bighorn Country Club, Cal Fire's Jody Hagemann said.

The man, who was not identified, was transported with CPR in progress to an area hospital where he was listed in critical condition, she said.

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