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By Will Fritz
Associate Editor 

Man dies while hiking on Monserate Mountain


Last updated 11/1/2019 at 3:02am

A hiker died after suffering an unknown medical emergency on Monserate Mountain near Fallbrook late Thursday afternoon, Oct. 24.

A report came in of a man down on a trailhead a little before 5:30 p.m., North County Fire Protection District spokesman John Choi said.

Crews headed to the mountain and found the man face-down on the trail, Choi said. They attempted to perform life-saving measures on the man, but he did not recover from the unknown medical event and was pronounced dead at 6:13 p.m.

Firefighters had to use a helicopter to airlift the man’s body off the mountain.

He appeared to have been hiking alone, Choi said.

No identifying information on the hiker was immediately available.

Temperatures soared into the 90s in northern San Diego County Thursday, though it was unclear if the weather conditions contributed to the man’s death.

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