Mono SAR helps hikers

redsmeadowaerial.jpgSearch and Rescue Team Operation: Aid to lost hikers near Red’s Meadow

On the evening of Tuesday, August 12th, 2014, at approximately 5:30pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a 911 call regarding two lost hikers out of Red’s Meadow.

Two hikers were on a day hike from Red’s Meadow to Rainbow Falls. On the return trip from Rainbow Falls to Red’s Meadow, the hikers took the wrong trail and became lost. One of the hikers was diabetic and did not bring any medication on the day hike.  The hiker was beginning to feel chilled and other negative effects of the diabetes, and since they were lost, wasn’t sure how far they could continue hiking. The other hiker had cell phone reception and was able to call 911 and give their location near Pond Lily Lake, about 5 miles south of Red’s Meadow.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) team was called to aid the lost hikers. Six SAR team members staged at Minaret Vista. Due to the medical circumstance, and the hikers remote location, attempts were made to get air support for the rescue. A 551 helicopter from Yosemite National Park was available to assist the SAR team. The helicopter crew was able to fly to the hikers location, land and transport them to the SAR base at Minaret Vista. The diabetic hiker was assessed by Mono County Paramedics and required no further medical treatment. The hikers were taken to their vehicle parked near Mammoth Mountain.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) team reminds anyone traveling in the backcountry, even if just for a day hike, to always be prepared and carry adequate supplies, including any medications. It is important to be aware that is might take search and rescue teams time to come to your aid if you are lost, injured or ill.



9 Responses to Mono SAR helps hikers

  1. Rick O'Brien August 13, 2014 at 9:43 pm #

    Let’s see…I’m ONLY going on a day hike and I’m diabetic, but there’s no reason to bring any of my medication along because I can just call for a helicopter e-vac when I take a wrong turn in an area that I’m totally un-familiar with, and WHY should I be burdened to carry necessities like food or water, map,warm clothing, gps unit,or even a compass ? ALL I have to carry is my PHONE, and the world will come to my rescue, for FREE.

    • Eastside Bum August 14, 2014 at 8:46 am #

      So true, Rick. This is a continuation of the summer pattern, relying on others to save your behind while making ridiculously bad choices.
      I wondered how in the world could 2 hikers end up at Pond Lily Lake, after visiting Rainbow Falls. The trail back to Reds Meadow is so obvious, since that is exactly where they started. Why would anyone hike 5 miles downhill, using the Fish Creek trail, when it doesn’t go anywhere near the staging area for the falls? I hope someone talked to these guys about their “errant” ways.

      • Mark August 14, 2014 at 9:43 am #

        Pretty judgmental coming from an entire area that relies on fire fighters to save their homes in the event of wild fire.

        • Tinner August 14, 2014 at 10:40 am #

          What do firefighters have to do with ill prepared hikers?
          Why do you sound all offended Mark?

          • Mark August 14, 2014 at 11:54 am #

            I’m not offended at all. Much of what we all write here is taken the wrong way by those that read it.

            If you’re not prepared hiking SAR rescues you, if you haven’t kept up on your brush clearance fire fighters rescue you.

            I think we should start billing home owners for fire fighters protecting their homes when they have not kept up on brush clearance.

  2. Tinner August 14, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    I think we need to start charging for search and rescue operations if those being rescued are found to be negligently prepared for backcountry trips…or just plain stupid.
    Last I checked there were detailed trail maps of Red’s Meadow and packs that would accomodate medication for a diabetic.

  3. tbone August 14, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

    Tinner, the problem with charging for rescues is that eventually, someone will die because they were worried about the cost of a rescue — not a good scenario.

    • Tinner August 14, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

      Oh yeah, that liability thing.
      Maybe we could treat calling on Search and Rescue similar to calling 911.
      We are required to have a wooding map when we collect firewood, is it required to have a map when in the backcountry where a permit is required? I know these peeps were on a day hike.
      I think people rely way too much on modern technology, GPS. I’ve had visitors ask me for the coordinates for Main Lodge, say what?
      Either way I’m glad those dudes and women are there.

  4. Sue August 15, 2014 at 6:09 am #

    My sister was day hiking with 2 diabetics who left their insulin in the car, and didn’t bring lunch. After giving them her food and extra water, she hiked nearly 3 miles back to their car to retrieve their life saving meds, and never hiked with them again. Some people should never ever go into the woods.


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