MOUNTAIN CENTER (CNS) - A hiker traversing the Pacific Crest Trail in the San Jacinto Mountains was found dead by emergency crews today following a multi-hour rescue attempt.A report of a hiker suffering from unspecified injuries came out at 9:38 a.m. near Mountain Center, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.A California Highway Patrol helicopter was called to assist and the crew later spotted the hiking group, but was unable to land due to weather concerns, officials said.The helicopter dropped a crew instead, but the hiker died before the rescuers were able to get there by foot, the department reported on Twitter at 1:28 p.m.No identifying information was provided about the hiker.Riverside County sheriff's deputies were investigating.
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