Inyo, Mono S&R teams in action

Inyo County Sheriff’s Department press release

A search is underway for missing man, Bum “John” Lee, a 68-year old man from the Redlands area in California.

Lee has been missing since Monday afternoon; Sheriff’s Dispatch was alerted Monday evening.

According to the information received, Lee was attempting the Mountaineer’s Route on Mt. Whitney, and was last seen above Iceberg Lake in the chute as he was ascending.

CHP H-80 out of Apple Valley provided aerial reconnaissance yesterday; however Lee was not located.

This morning 11 SAR members have been inserted above and below the Mountaineer’s Route.

If anyone has any information that may assist in this search please contact Sheriff’s Dispatch as 760-878-0383.

Mono County Sheriff’s Department press release

On July 19, 2016, Mono County Dispatch received a 911 call regarding an injured hiker on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) near Leavitt Lake.

The hiker had been immobilized due to her injuries reported as a possible broken ankle. Deputies from the Mono County Sheriff’s Office, Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue, and Tuolumne County Search and Rescue responded.

Once the Search and Rescue teams located the hiker, they stabilized and safely transported the hiker to the area where Mono County Paramedics were stationed.

The hiker was then transported to the Carson Valley Medical Center and treated for her injuries.

On July 20, 2016, Mono County Dispatch received a 911 call regarding an injured hiker on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) near Leavitt Lake.

The hiker had been immobilized due to her injuries reported as a possible sprained ankle and declining health due to dehydration, altitude sickness, and exhaustion.

Mono County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue, Tuolumne County Search Rescue, and CHP Rescue Helicopter (H-20) and crew responded. At approximately 5:20 p.m., CHP Rescue Helicopter (H-20) stationed in Auburn, CA located, extracted, and flew the hiker to the area where Mono County Paramedics were stationed.

The hiker was then transported to the Carson Valley Medical Center where she was treated for her injuries.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind the public to be prepared when hiking and backpacking. It is important to have adequate food and provision of water.

It is equally important to possess the proper gear and supplies. Hikers need to be prepared for varying conditions and equipped to keep themselves healthy and safe.

 

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4 Responses to Inyo, Mono S&R teams in action

  1. Rick O'Brien July 23, 2016 at 7:37 pm #

    I’m 58…68 is too damn old to go off hiking the highest point in the continental U.S. ALONE !

     
    • Russ Monroe July 27, 2016 at 2:59 pm #

      Well Rick, you have proven that 58 is not to old to spout off moronic trash! But you failed to make any connection between the fact that you are 58 and any justification for the bigoted statement that followed.
      I have been walking the Mt.Whitney trails, in July, for 55 years and have never succeeded in being alone. It is a very busy trail. A very large percentage of the folks that I have met on that trail over the decades were over 65, and many were over 75. In fact Rick, if you can talk ABC News into letting you watch it; you can see an interview that I did with Hulda Crooks the day she walked Mt. Whitney with her grand daughter. It was Hulda’s 90th birthday.
      You do demonstrate one point rather well though Rick: whether 8, 58 or 68 humans are capable of dong stupid things any time, any where.
      Perhaps if you get up off your posterior right now and start walking ever day, by the time you are 65 you might be able to walk it too.

       
  2. Trouble July 24, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

    I agree Rick. I climbed it in my middle thirties and just the altitude was really hard on me. I won’t advise anyone over fifty to try it, unless they are really great shape. Lack of oxygen is really hard on all your organs.

     
  3. Low Inyo July 24, 2016 at 4:58 pm #

    Rick O….Not so much doing it alone,IMO,but 68 is kinda older to be doing it to Mt.Whitney….and especially in this kinda heat-wave…

     

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