Search and Rescue Team Operation: Aid to two stranded hikers in Lundy Canyon

To:      All Media Partners

From:  Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer

Date:   July 29, 2014

RE:      Search and Rescue Team Operation: Aid to stranded hikers in Lundy Canyon

On the afternoon of Monday, July 28th, 2014, at approximately 12:30pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding two stranded hikers in the Lundy Canyon area.

To access a family mining claim on steep and rocky slopes above Mill Creek, two brothers, from Utah and Nevada, climbed up the canyon with backpacks and tools. They became stranded in rainy weather on a steep slope and were unable to go up or down safely. They were able to talk to family members with a family radio transceiver to alert them they were stranded and needed help. The family members drove down to the U.S. Forest Service Fire Station to call for help.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Team was called out in aid of the two men stranded on the steep slopes in Lundy Canyon. The Team responded with eleven members and climbed up above the two stranded men, the belayed a team member down to them with harnesses and helmets for the cold and wet miners. The miners were belayed and assisted in climbing to safety. They were then escorted down to the trailhead with no injuries.

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