Pair rescued in high country

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Tips for those heading into remote wilderness

Madera County Sheriff John Anderson said Friday that weather conditions helped Search and Rescue volunteers locate a pair of hikers lost earlier this week in the Sierra National Forest.

His office also provided suggestions for other like-minded adventurers to better their chance of avoiding or surviving similar ordeals.

Lost on the dome

Late Tuesday afternoon, the sheriff’s office received word that two men found themselves lost at an elevation of 7,540 feet. They had a cell phone and when they could find service, were able to tell authorities they were near Fresno Dome, possibly on the south side of the granite dome. Horns and sirens blared to no avail. The pair could not hear them.

While foot searchers and a K9 team continued their search in total darkness, a call for mutual assistance was answered by the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office Eagle 1 aerial support team. The pair indicated they had no water and were dehydrated. They hunkered down and lit a small campfire, spotted by Eagle 1 shortly before 8 p.m...

 

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