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Mt. Woodson Hiker Dies Thursday Morning

The man was near the top of the hill when he died of an apparent heart attack.

Updated at 2:10 p.m.

A hiker on the Mt. Woodson Trail near Lake Poway died Thursday morning from a possible heart attack, according to authorities.

The male hiker was with a group more than three-quarters up the hill when the 911 call was made at 11:09 a.m., said Kevin Hitchcock of the Poway Fire Department. Members of the hiking party performed CPR on the stricken hiker as a Cal Fire helicopter was dispatched to locate the group.

The helicopter crew quickly spotted the hikers and picked up a paramedic, who was dropped off at the scene to take over CPR. A second Cal Fire helicopter with a hoist was also called in, Hitchcock said.

When the paramedic arrived, CPR had been ongoing for about 40 minutes. Despite aggressive efforts to save the hiker’s life, his death was pronounced at the scene.

His name and age have not been released by the Medical Examiner’s Office, although Hitchcock said he was a senior citizen. His body was hoisted off the hill by a Cal Fire helicopter.

A Cal Fire crew and sheriff’s deputy from Ramona hiked to the scene to assist the rescue effort.

PowayDave November 01, 2012 at 08:43 PM
By coincidence, we were at Lake Poway when the fire and paramedics arrived in the parking lot. Then we saw a sheriff helicopter land. It picked up an EMT and flew away. Then a larger helicopter arrived with the rig to lift and rescue. It was quite an impressive operation to assist. Sadly the man perished but the infrastructure that we deployed as a community- the resources of people and technology- was amazing. For all the challenges and issues we have, to see this process was inspiring. I applaud the Poway Fire Department, the SD Sheriff Department and the talented, well trained first responders. David M. Corbin, Poway resident since 1980
Patricia November 02, 2012 at 02:01 PM
So sorry for the family of this man. Like you, I have seen our Fire Dept and Sheriff Dept. at work and also applaud their dedication and talents.

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