Search and Rescue Teams Successfully Find Man who Spent a Night in the Lake Tahoe, CA Backcountry

Steven Agar |
Lake Tahoe, hiker, overnight, rescue
Hasty Backcountry members successfully located an overdue hiker today on the Tahoe Rim Trail. A mutual aid request from Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

A man was reunited with his family after spending a night in the Lake Tahoe backcountry, the second successful search and rescue mission this weekend, reports the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

The first concerned a missing hiker on the Tahoe Rim Trail. According to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Hasty Team, the overdue hiker was located Saturday afternoon with help from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. The hiker was found safe and healthy, according to the sheriff’s office.

Shortly after, Douglas County emergency communications received another call, at 3:30 pm from the missing man’s wife, stating her husband had left three hours earlier for a hike near Skunk Harbor on Tahoe’s East Shore, and she had not heard from him since.

Lake Tahoe, hiker, overnight, rescue
A Longhorn SAR MH-60S, out of Naval Air Station Fallon, coming in to drop off a rescuee to EMS for assessment after a multi-agency search and rescue this morning. Hasty Team and WCSAR responded for this operation along with units from Carson City SAR, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office SAR, Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District, and the United States Navy.

Douglas County search and rescue, having just completed the earlier search on the Tahoe Rim Trail, responded and launched a search for the missing hiker. The search was suspended at 10 pm due to darkness and safety concerns for search and rescue personnel. The search resumed at 5:45 am Sunday with assistance from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Raven helicopter and US Navy Search and Rescue Seahawk helicopter.

The missing man was spotted at 7:45 am from the air, according to the sheriff’s office. He was brought to a meeting point at Nevada Route 28 and US 50 where he received medical attention for minor cuts and bruises and was reunited with his family.

The sheriff’s office says the man’s preparedness contributed to the positive outcome. He was carrying water and had knowledge of how to survive overnight in a mountain area.

The sheriff’s office reminds all those visiting the backcountry to avoid exceeding any personal limitations.

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