Contra Costa County firefighters, Mt. Diablo State Park rangers and a helicopter on loan from the California Highway Patrol battled rugged terrain to reach a 46-year-old hiker in distress at Prospectors Gap on Mt. Diablo Friday.
UPDATE: 12:20 p.m. – Firefighters report that the patient has been successfully evacuated from the mountain and is on the way to a local hospital for treatment.
The popular but challenging local hiking trail is difficult to reach and is known for its difficult terrain. Park rangers reached the male hiker around 11:05 a.m. Friday after receiving a call that he had experienced a possible cardiac problem on the trail near Meridian Ridge Trail.
Rescue efforts were organized throughout the morning and a CHP helicopter called on to help with the evacuation.
A possible helicopter landing area was secured at Mitchell Canyon Staging Area.