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Man dies on trail in Anza-Borrego State Park area

Mebol Gloria

Feb. 11, 2020

Cal Fire medics requested a medical helicopter, but the man died before he could be taken to a hospital
A 75-year-old man had a medical emergency and died on a desert hiking trail in the Anza-Borrego State Park area on Tuesday, a Cal Fire official said.
The man, who was with a large group, started to have difficulty breathing, for unknown reasons, before going unconscious on Pictograph Trail near the Blair Valley Campground about 12:55 p.m.
The group, which included his wife, started CPR on the man until medics arrived and took over the efforts, Cal Fire Capt. Thomas Shoots said.
Medics requested a medical helicopter, but the man died before he could be flown to a hospital.
The Medical Examiner’s Office was called to determine how the man died. His name was not released.
Shoots said the group had driven Jeeps out to a certain point on the trail, then started to hike. The mile-plus trail features desert terrain and rock formations, including a boulder with red pictographs. According to hiking websites, the trail is appropriate for all skill levels.
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