Jeff Smith 11:59 p.m., Feb. 8
Drunk Rescued, Arrested on Hiking Trail
Sheriff’s deputies, a patrol helicopter, a fire/rescue helicopter, and engine companies from the U.S. Forest Service and Cal FIRE were all called on to rescue a hiker who was reported injured after falling from a rock at Three Sisters Falls late Monday afternoon.
Arriving on scene, fire personnel located the female hiker along the trail leading up from the falls to the Julian Trailhead. They determined, however, that she was not injured but instead “extremely intoxicated,” according to a Sheriff’s report. Rescuers helped the woman return to the trailhead, where she was arrested on a public drunkenness charge.
The popular hiking destination, which involves steep climbs over rugged terrain in an area where temperatures routinely top 100 degrees, is the site of numerous rescues each summer. Law enforcement and safety personnel advise visitors to carry large amounts of water and avoid alcohol to avoid dehydration on the hike, as rescue attempts tie up a large quantity of resources due to responders’ need to be prepared for a number of situations they might encounter.
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