Nevada County Search and Rescue team on multiple callouts
The Nevada County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team stayed busy this week with consistent callouts, said Sheriff’s Sgt. Sam Brown in a Facebook post shared on Saturday.
The team received a mutual aid request from Placer County on Tuesday night and began filling that request for their search in the Donner Summit area.
On Wednesday, the team had a call for a search of a 72-year-old man with dementia in the North San Juan area. CalStar assisted with the use of their helicopter during this search. Ground teams quickly located the subject, who was found in some thick brush and was safely reunited with his family.
On Friday night, the team was contacted by CalOES for an alert by a personal locator beacon. These beacons often give no information other than a registered user and some contact information along with the beacon’s location, Brown said.
According to dispatch reports, there were two men who had been reported missing on their dirt bikes off North Bloomfield and Relief Hill roads, at about 5:30 p.m.
Working with the AFRCC (Air Force), the team confirmed locations for the beacon and requested assistance from H24 (helicopter) with the California Highway Patrol. The area was Relief Hill Road near the Missouri Bar trail.
The spouse of one of the missing men provided great information with route maps, which are important pieces of information to help guide team members on their mission. This information helped confirm the coordinates were realistic locations for the two missing subjects.
Ground, air and motorized equipment deployed to the area and the men were located alive and well at about 8 p.m. The beacon activation was intentional after the subjects found themselves stuck. Due to recent storms the subjects were wet, cold and had become concerned they were becoming hypothermic, Brown said.
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