Man recovers from rattlesnake bite in I.E.

LOMA LINDA, Calif. Mike Zerwekh was walking in the mountains southwest of Corona Saturday when the 3-foot-long snake bit him on the calf.

Fortunately, a /*CAL FIRE*/ helicopter was in the area investigating a car crash, and crews were able to quickly find Zerwekh and airlift him to /*Loma Linda Medical Center*/.

"Within seconds after being bit, I could already feel some of the symptoms," said Zerwekh about his encounter with the rattler. "My mouth was starting to get real dry and I had this tingling feeling all over my body. So that's when I knew I could be in trouble".

Medical personnel said he was in pretty bad shape by the time he got to the hospital, but is expected to be fine.

Officials said this attack is a reminder for everyone especially in hot, dry weather that rattlesnakes are common in Southern California and people should be careful where they walk.


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