Missing hiker found, treated for dehydration

(Megan T. Guffey, Megan T. Guffey)
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Updated: 6/18/2013 10:32 am
MONO COUNTY, Calif. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- A missing hiker has been located and treated for minor injuries and dehydration in Mono County.

On the afternoon of Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at around 2:15pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding a search and rescue on Boundary Peak, out of Esmeralda County, NV, for a 54-year-old stranded hiker.

On Wednesday, June 12, 2013, a 54-year-old hiker from Glencoe, IL, was descending from a day hike to Boundary Peak. He lost his descent route and walked about 3,000 feet down steep and loose terrain on the wrong side of the peak. He became stranded on a near vertical edge. He was able to call 911 for help.

Through communication with Esmeralda County Sheriff’s Office, the US Forest Service, and the Mono County Sheriff’s Office, he stated he had climbed about 1,000 feet and “thought” he knew where he was. He was advised to go east into Trail Canyon, back to his car, when he was able to get back to the ridge top. There was no further communication with the hiker.

Esmeralda County Sheriff’s deputies says they would check the hiker’s car, parked at the trailhead in Trail Canyon, the next morning to ensure he had found his way down.

On the morning of June 13, 2013, they found he had not returned to his car and a search and rescue was formally initiated by Esmeralda County asking for ground and air resources from the Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team.

On Friday, June 14, 2013, two HH-60 helicopters began a search of each side of the peak with ground teams beginning to hike the last known point. At around 11:00am, air crews advised they had located the missing hiker walking down the mountainside. A flight medic was lowered to the hiker to begin medical treatment. They were airlifted out where the hiker was then flown to Southern Inyo Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and dehydration.

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