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Hiker who died on Pacific Crest Trail is identified

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CAMPO (CBS 8/CNS) - A 19-year-old man trying to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mexico border to Idyllwild died near Lake Morena County Park has been identified by the county Medical Examiner.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner identified the 19-year-old as Timothy Evan Nodal of Julian. The medical examiner reports Nodal was hiking the Pacific Crest Trail with a friend when he didn’t feel well and told the friend to continue without him.

Shortly after the friend continued hiking, Nodal started hiking but injured his leg. The medical examiner says Nodal text his step-father immediately and told him he wasn’t feeling well.

The step-father immediately called 911 around 1:30 p.m., said Cal Fire Capt. Kendal Bortisser. Dispatchers for Cal Fire tell rescuers on their radios the son fell ill. "A second party caller was the father unknown whereabouts where his son is only that he is unable to move. We requested the son call us on 911 and we have not heard from them yet.”

When public safety personnel met up with the youth off Lake Morena Drive in the Campo area the teen was unresponsive, Bortisser said.

The Pacific Coast Trail Association warns of the dangers on its. Cal Fire says recently they’ve had to hoist or climb stranded hikers out of the trail

"We have had a few folks in the past couple of weeks we have had two or three rescues out on PCT or Hauser Canyon for various reasons, injuries, falls, heat-related incidents where someone had to be hoisted out or hauled out,” said Bortisser.

The cause of death is under investigation.
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