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Helicopter sent for rescue of injured hiker in Fresno County mountains

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The best tool needed for survival if you get lost outdoors is your skill of advanced planning. Pack enough essentials that you can stay hydrated, fueled and prepared for any type of weather. But if you get lost, here's some helpful tips.
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The best tool needed for survival if you get lost outdoors is your skill of advanced planning. Pack enough essentials that you can stay hydrated, fueled and prepared for any type of weather. But if you get lost, here's some helpful tips.

A member of a hiking group who broke his ankle in a fall in the mountains northwest of Shaver Lake required a helicopter to evacuate him for treatment of his injuries Friday afternoon.

Fresno County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Botti said the man was part of a group of five people hiking in Stevenson Canyon near Million Dollar Road and Stevenson Creek when he reportedly fell about 15 feet in the rugged terrain and suffered a compound fracture of his ankle.

The California Highway Patrol’s Fresno-based helicopter arrived in the area shortly before 5 p.m., Botti said.

The Sheriff’s Office also had members of its search-and-rescue team coordinating with the CHP’s helicopter crew.

The man was rescued Friday evening and was treated for his injuries, the Sheriff’s Office said.

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