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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