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Hiker dies after collapsing on Mount Shasta

A Michigan man collapsed and died while hiking on Mount Shasta Thursday, the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department reported.

Charles Eugene Southwell, 52 of Howell, Mich., and his 48-year-old brother Richard Southwell, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., set off to climb Mount Shasta from the Bunny Flat trailhead. The two had hiked for about 45 minutes when Charles Southwell collapsed, Richard Southwell told authorities.

He said he began cardiopulmonary resuscitation on his brother, then tried to call 9-1-1 on his cell phone. He didn't have cell service so he began to run back toward the trailhead to look for help. About 30 yards back toward Bunny Flat, he found a woman on the trail and asked her to call 9-1-1. She had service and was able to reach a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection dispatch center via 9-1-1 at 12:38 p.m. to report that a man was possibly having a heart attack near Horse Camp on Mount Shasta. They summoned a medical helicopter from Redding and notified the sheriff's department, as well as U. S. Forest Service climbing rangers on the mountain.

Richard Southwell and the woman, who wasn't identified in news releases, returned to his brother. They continued CPR for about 40 minutes until three rangers arrived at the trail location about 200 yards south of Horse Camp. The rangers joined in the life-saving efforts until the helicopter medical team arrived.

The team determined that Charles Southwell had died and discontinued life-saving efforts at 1:54 p.m.

The helicopter carried Charles Southwell back to Bunny Flat while the one of the paramedics walked out with his brother.

Authorities said Charles Southwell had no known serious medical conditions. The exact cause of death is pending a medical examiner's report.

— Anita Burke