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OC deputy injured during hiker search recovering

Posted: April 8, 2013 2:22 p.m.
Updated: April 8, 2013 2:22 p.m.

Orange County sheriff's Lt. Jason Park, middle, said Monday that the deputy who was injured in the search for the mmissing hikers last week was upgraded to fair condition.

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A reserve deputy who was seriously injured when he fell down a Southern California canyon during a search for two lost hikers is out of intensive care.

Orange County sheriff's Lt. Jason Park said Monday that the deputy was upgraded to fair condition over the weekend.

The deputy slipped and fell 10 feet, hitting his chest on a rock before falling another 50 feet and hitting his head. He suffered cuts to his head, a punctured lung, broken ribs and other injuries. Park says he's expected to recover. His name was not released.

Both hikers were rescued last week after spending several days in Cleveland National Forest.

One of them, 18-year-old Kyndall Jack, remains hospitalized in Orange County.

Her friend, 19-year-old Nicolas Cendoya, was released from a hospital on Sunday.


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