UPDATE: Injured hiker airlifted

Los Angeles County Fire Department officials searching for an injured hiker in the East and Rice Canyon area on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. Gilbert Bernal/The Signal

Los Angeles County Fire Department and Search and Rescue officials found an injured hiker in the East and Rice Canyon area Sunday afternoon after a nearly 2-hour search.

Around 12:45 p.m., fire officials responded to reports of a 54-year-old woman in need of medical assistance while hiking in the area, according to Fire Department Supervisor Ed Pickett.

After searching for the hiker for nearly 45 minutes, officials on the scene requested an air squad to assist in the search efforts.

With the help of Copter 14, firefighters were able to locate the hiker, who had a broken ankle, according to Supervisor Melanie Flores.

Just before 2:30 p.m., Copter 14 transported the hiker to a local hospital for treatment, Flores added.

Los Angeles County Fire Department officials searching for an injured hiker in the East and Rice Canyon area on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. Gilbert Bernal/The Signal

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