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Missing L.A. hiker found uninjured, is lifted to safety

November 24, 2011 |  7:36 pm

A Los Angeles city fire helicopter found a missing hiker and hoisted him to safety Thursday after he became separated from a group in a mountainous area north of Sylmar, authorities said.

Authorities received a call about the missing man at 4:35 p.m. and quickly determined that the terrain, north of Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, was too difficult for fire engines to reach and too far for rescuers to hike to, said city firefighter paramedic Shawn Lenske.

Helicopters circled the area for about 15 minutes before discovering the hiker, Lenske said. The man was uninjured, he said.

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