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Hiker with heat exhaustion aided in Madera Canyon

A 31-year-old man became overheated Sunday afternoon on the trail to Mount Wrightson from Josephine Saddle, launching a five-hour rescue operation.

Green Valley Fire District Operations Chief Joey Kosiorowski said emergency responders received a call around 2:20 p.m. about a hiker who was conscious, but suffering from heat exhaustion and unable to continue his hike.

GVFD personnel, along with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s office, Tubac Fire, U.S. Border Patrol, BorSTAR and the U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement, assisted in the five-hour rescue operation.

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The man declined further medical care and was released to friends and family once back to the parking lot, Kosiorowski said.