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Hiker Tumbles Down Bluff in Torrey Pines, Waits 9 Hours for Help

The hiker was found at 8:30 a.m. Friday morning after falling 40 feet down a bluff north of Torrey Pines Gliderport at 11 p.m. the previous night.

Emergency crews came to the rescue of a hiker who took a late-night tumble down a sea-front bluff in the Torrey Pines area on Friday, then languished seriously injured and stranded on the beach for about nine hours.   

A passer-by found the ailing man at Black's Beach, just north of Torrey Pines Gliderport, about 8:30 a.m. and made an emergency call, San Diego lifeguard Lt. John Everhart said.   

Due to the remoteness of the location, which is about a mile from the nearest road, an emergency-services helicopter was dispatched to pick up the man, who was conscious and alert but suffering from “traumatic” injuries, according to Everhart.   

Medics airlifted the man, who is in his 40s, to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. His name was not released.   

The patient told lifeguards he had plunged about halfway down the cliff about 11 p.m. Thursday, falling roughly 40 feet. He then was able to slowly make his way down the rest of the precipice but was too badly hurt to hike off the beach and get help, Everhart said. 

–City News Service

Sherylynne September 08, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Unless this is an errant headline, why was a "hiker" hiking at 11 pm. at night?

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