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Hiker Rescued by CHP Helicopter in Castle Rock State Park

A hiker was rescued by a California Highway Patrol helicopter Sunday afternoon after getting lost in Castle Rock State Park in rural Santa Cruz County, the CHP said Monday.

California State Parks requested help from the CHP helicopter at about 2 p.m. and the helicopter was dispatched from the Napa County Airport and called the hiker on her cellphone, CHP Officer James Andrews said.

The hiker was found down a steep ravine in a heavily forested area and could not bee seen from the air.

But by talking to the hiker on her phone they managed to hover over a ridgeline about a quarter-mile from her, Andrews said.

CHP Officer Ben Schmidt hiked down to the hiker and brought her up to the ridgeline where they got onto the helicopter and flew to a landing zone a few miles away.

She was safely returned to her vehicle and was unharmed, Andrews said.

--Bay City News

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