An elderly man had to be rescued from a remote area in Laguna Niguel today after he became weak and winded while hiking.
The Orange County Fire Authority dispatched its helicopter for a rescue shortly after 4 p.m. near Pacific Island Drive and Club Drive. However, firefighters and paramedics were able to reach him on foot and drive him to a nearby hospital for observation, said Orange County Fire Authority Captain Marc Stone.
"We ended up waving off the helicopter," Stone said. "We didn't need it."
Stone said the man was possibly in his 70s.