Sheriff’s deputies, search and rescue respond to four calls


(Press Releases from Mono County Sheriff’s Department)

On Friday, August 3, 2012, at approximately 8:00 pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch received a call regarding the report of a missing 11-year old girl from the Mountain View, CA area.

Mono County Deputies and Investigators began the search for the missing girl. She was last seen at her residence in Mountain View getting ready to leave for a camping trip with a friend and his family. The family was supposed to be camping around the Bridgeport area. When the girl did not check in with her mother to say that she had arrived at the campsite safely, her mother called the Mono County Sheriff’s Department to report her daughter missing.

On Saturday, August 4, 2012, at approximately 2:00 pm, Mono County Deputies located the vehicle the girl was said to be traveling in at the Walker General Store in the Walker/Coleville area. Deputies made contact with the vehicle owner who confirmed he had the missing girl and she was safe at the campsite. Deputies went to the Leavitt Meadows campground to ensure the girl was in fact there and safe. Deputies made contact with the girl, she was safe, and didn’t have the opportunity to call her mother due to poor cell phone reception in the campground. The mother was notified that her daughter was located and was safe.

Aid to an Injured Hiker at Hilton Lakes

On Sunday, August 5, 2012, the Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue (SAR) Team responded in aid of an injured hiker around Hilton Lakes. The 58-year-old female, an off-duty nurse, and her friend were hiking a rock slope at about 11,000’ above Hilton Lakes. She slipped and fell down onto some rocks that were wet from the thunder storms the previous evening. She sustained an ankle injury and was unable to safely descent the steep terrain. Her friend made camp for her and hiked out to the Rock Creek Pack Station and called 911 for help.

The SAR team was dispatched to the area. Efforts to obtain helicopter assistance to aid in the evacuation were made but were delayed due to capable resources being busy during this time of year. Sixteen SAR members responded and staged at the pack station. A check of the area revealed a ground, carry out could be initiated safely.

Ground teams were able to locate the victim with the help of her friend. The victim was assessed and placed into a wheeled litter. The team transported her back to the pack station where she was driven by her friend to Mammoth Hospital for treatment.

Aid to an Injured Hiker on the Sherwin Lakes trail

On Friday, August 3, 2012, the Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue (SAR) Team responded in aid of an 11-year-old female, who was hiking with her family on the Sherwin Lakes trail. She had twisted her ankle on a rock resulting in a fall that injured her knee.  She was unable to continue the hike out. Her father, a medical geriatric care manager, called 911 and requested help in evacuating his daughter from the trail.

The SAR team was dispatched to the area. Ten SAR members responded. Ground teams were able to locate the family on the trail and evacuate the victim. She was transported back to the trailhead by wheeled litter and taken to Mammoth Hospital via her family for further treatment.

Aid to an Injured Hiker on the Donohue Pass

On Saturday, August 4, 2012, the Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue (SAR) Team responded in aid of an injured hiker on the Donohue Pass. The 58-year-old female was hiking with her friend on the trail near Donohue Pass. The terrain was wet due to a recent thunderstorm. The subject fell down onto some rocks sustaining injuries to her right knee and left ankle. The two hikers were able to camp overnight on the southeast side of Donohue Pass. She determined her injuries were serious enough, after resting awhile, that she would be unable to continue on the hike or exit the backcountry. Her friend hiked to a location that had cell phone reception and called 911 requesting evacuation by a pack horse or mule. Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received the call via Kings Canyon National Park.

Personnel from the local Pack Station and from the Tuolumne Stables were contacted. Both were unable to evacuate the victim due to staff shortages and the nature of the injuries and the risk of falling off a horse.

Due to the location, Yosemite National Park was contacted. Their helicopter was able to respond to the area and locate the victim. The helicopter then transported her to medical facilities in the park for further evaluation and treatment.




15 Responses to Sheriff’s deputies, search and rescue respond to four calls

  1. BobK August 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    Maybe we need to license or otherwise restrict hikers in Inyo and Mono counties. It appears that many more are injured and killed than with a rifle or handgun.,…

  2. Trouble August 6, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

    Bob K- are you serious ?

  3. Wayne Deja August 6, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    Trouble….I think what Bob K is trying to say,in a round-about way, is make some type of statement about firearm regulations….at least,let’s hope that’s what he’s trying to do….There is always someone out there saying that the Government,and President Obama in particular,is trying to take everyone’s guns away…which,of course,is not the truth….no matter how FOX NEWS tries to spin it.

  4. BobK August 6, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

    yeah, I’m serious. Liberals want more and more restrictions on firearms everytime someone is shot, yet shooting/hunting is one of our safest sports. Look at the present bills our fine Lawmakers have before them. It’s time we put restrictions on other activities that kill and maim people. Driving, hiking, skiing. We could go on and on .

    • Trouble August 7, 2012 at 5:51 am #

      bob k- I agree with you totally on your gun control views now that I see your point. Unfortunately , I don’t trust our none liberal politicians to do me any favors either. The one thing that amazes me is all the blaming games that go on in politics. Even in gun control laws. My best example of that is the Brady Law. Named after a republican and totally supported by Ronald and Nancy Reagan. And all these laws and restrictions on our freedoms in the name public safety, is taking away what I think made our country really feel free.

    • Jeremiah August 7, 2012 at 11:40 am #

      Yeah sure, then you can make decisions for them right. What’s the plan put a guard rail on the hiking trail? hahaha
      Your talking about putting restrictions in the wrong direction. The 2nd amendment is so out dated its not even funny, its deadly!

  5. Big AL August 7, 2012 at 12:05 am #

    Trouble I don’t think either of them have a grip for different reasons.

    The number of hikers that are rescued in proportion to the number of hikers that access the back country without incident is very miniscule. But things happen as the bumper stickers say.

    Seriously … licensing hikers ..

    And yes the government is trying to take guns away, it is not only our government .. people who do not believe that .. have their heads buried in the sand.

    And it has nothing to do with liberals .. elephants donkeys or mothers .. it is control.

    • Big AL August 7, 2012 at 12:13 am #

      OK I have to say .. the part about not having a grip was harsh … scratch that .. but I stand on what I said in the rest of the post. That was meant in a better way than that remark.

  6. Vernacular August 7, 2012 at 5:25 am #

    And here we go with everything deteriorating to “liberal v conservative” nonsense.
    (and watch how often the L word is used).

  7. Tim August 7, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    BobK, Please go back to sleep!

  8. Greg August 7, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    What BobK is trying to say is that folks who support our govt taking care of us more and more(ie bigger govt) are clamoring that since society is crumbling , we must protect people by restricting things from them. Despite this, no one decries all the lives lost on our hwys, by demanding that hwys be closed. Of course not, that would be absurd. If too many are hurt in the backcountry, we should close it down, of course not, and the same can be said for gun control!!!! Credibility and hypocrisy, can’t coexist!
    Also while here, where is the huge uproar about Muslims, jews and others who are adamantly anti-gay, when attacking a businessman’s business simply for expressing his majority held views. Please don’t tell me other religions aren’t being attacked because they aren’t openly expressing their convictions, as their beliefs are well known, so the hypocrisy stinks and credibility flies out the window!!! Off my soapbox for awhile….haha!

  9. Ken Warner August 7, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    I don’t want to believe in any god that thinks my worship of it is important.

  10. Sign of the times August 7, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    BobK, Please go back to your Limbaugh Show.

  11. Mike August 8, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    Maybe we should keep the wilderness truly wilderness and prohibit people, YES PEOPLE! Its people not 4x4s or pack animals that ruin the forests, so lets push congress to make wilderness closed so that our poor helpless animals out there have some relief and a true place to theirselves.

  12. Mike August 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    Sorry i didn’t get to the point, the point is if people want “wilderness and want to prohibit “wheeled vehicles” ie bicycles and such then they shouldn’t expect to be saved by a “wheeled litter(vehicle) ” or a helicopter which is prohibited in wilderness as well. I think that if its to be wilderness then so be it make it truly wilderness and keep people out!


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