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Lost Navy SEAL rescued by San Diego fire helicopter

September 1, 2011 |  7:44 am

A Navy SEAL who became lost, dehydrated and too weak to hike while on a training mission in the Laguna Mountains east of San Diego has been rescued, officials said Thursday.

The 24-year-old was part of a training group of 50 SEALs. He became separated from the others Wednesday and did not meet at the agreed-upon rendezvous point at 2 p.m., according to Cal Fire.

After a search, the Navy asked for civilian help.

A San Diego County Sheriff's Department helicopter spotted the lost SEAL's emergency strobe light shortly before 9 p.m., and a city of San Diego Fire-Rescue Department helicopter was able to hoist him to safety about 10:30 p.m.


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