Stranded hiker having heart attack rescued in open space

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) –The APD Open Space unit rescued a lost hiker near CNM Westside on Monday.

The hiker was stranded just west of CNM and stated he was lost without water after his Jeep broke down.

The Albuquerque Police Department helicopter responded and spotted a faint light from the vehicle on the cliff’s edge at the Rio Puerco. APD helicopter pilots guided open space officers to the victim, about two miles south of the road.

When rescuers arrived, the man was having trouble breathing, had a fast heart beat and was suffering from chest pains. Officers promptly launched into action, loading the victim into an APD Open Space Tahoe and rushed to Rio Rancho to meet medical personnel.

At the hospital, it was discovered that the rescued hiker was experiencing the onset of a heart attack. There is no word at this time on his current condition. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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