LAS VEGAS – In separate occurrences, two hikers were rescued in Death Valley National Park.
The occurrences occurred on Sunday, following the removal of a woman with a fractured leg from Mosaic Canyon by park officials.
Companions of the woman stayed with her for support. At 8 a.m., a bystander hiked out and dialed 911 for aid.
The injured hiker was brought to a private helicopter ambulance by nine National Park Service staff and two American Conservation Experience interns, who then transported her to a neighboring hospital.
The patient is transported to the Mosaic Canyon Trailhead on a wheeled litter by an NPS SAR crew.
(Photo courtesy of NPS)
Rangers located a hiker on Wildrose Peak Trail who had become separated from his hiking group in another park on the same day.
The club of hikers was nearing the 9,064-foot snow-covered summit when one member, suffering from head and bodily problems, opted to stay behind.
The party decided that he would wait for the group and then descend to the trailhead with them.
However, he became cold and chose to descend the trail in order to warm up. He lost the route and retraced his steps to the crest before retracing his steps back down the drainage. Wildrose Peak Trail is 8.4 miles round-trip, but according to the lost hiker’s fitness monitor, he walked 18 kilometers.
According to the news announcement, the man had no food, inadequate warm clothing, was ill, and was over 60 years old.
Overnight, temperatures in the region were predicted to fall below freezing.
The NPS notified the California Highway Patrol and Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake of a possible request for a helicopter search, but the hiker was located prior to their involvement is required.
Using loud noises, two park guards located the hiker and directed him toward the road.
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