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Jul 26, 2006 10:01 pm US/Pacific

Heat-Exhausted Hikers Rescued From Santiago Peak

Hikers Safe LAKE FOREST, Calif. (CBS) Three men hiking on Santiago Peak Wednesday had to be rescued by Orange County paramedics, authorities said.

The men were part of a group of 10 corporate executives making a practice hike, in preparation for a jaunt up Mt. Whitney in the fall. Paramedics offered to take one of the men, who was suffering from heat exhaustion, to a hospital, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Stephen Miller said. That man refused medical aid and signed a release saying so.

The executives had taken off on the Harding Truck Trail from the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary at the end of Modjeska Canyon Road at about 4:30 a.m., Miller said.

Paramedics received a call from one man who made it back down the trail just after 4 p.m. He was the hiker who needed medical attention, and after he drank some water, he said others in his group were still on the trail and probably suffering from the heat.

Using a helicopter and a patrol truck, the paramedics gave rides to two of the hikers down the hill. The others said they would be OK, Miller said.

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