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Helicopter Team Rescues Hiker In Mountains Near Sylmar

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SYLMAR (CBS) — A city rescue team took to the air to find a missing hiker who got lost in the mountains above Sylmar Thursday.

Julian Jimenez lost track of his friends during a Thanksgiving outing in the afternoon, according to fire officials.

“I was pretty nervous,” Jimenez said. “I thought I was going to die.”

Los Angeles city firefighters used a helicopter to locate the man just north of the 14400 block of Olive Drive. He was hoisted to safer ground shortly after 5 p.m., firefighter Shawn Lenkse said.

Jimenez sprained his ankle while trying to find his way back.

“I thought I was going to be back with my family,” said Jimenez, shortly after he was rescued. “I thought it was going to be a little hike and back, but we’re still here at dark.”

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