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Helicopter retrieves ailing hiker on Utah’s Mt. Timpanogos

August 21, 2019

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Authorities used a state Department of Public Safety helicopter to make an overnight rescue of an ailing 21-year-old hiker stranded high on Mt. Timpanogos in north-central Utah.

Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon says the helicopter late Tuesday night retrieved the man and a 75-year-old hiker who had joined the younger man and called 911 for medical assistance for him.

Cannon says the 21-year-old man was experiencing nausea and other symptoms typically associated with altitude sickness.

According to Cannon, the man was at about 10,000 feet (3,048 meters), or about 1,500 feet (457 meters) below the mountain’s summit.

Paramedics checked out the 21-year-old at a trailhead and released him.

Mt. Timpanogos is located in the Unita-Wasatch-Cache National Forest and is the second highest summit in Wasatch Mountains.

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