LAKE TAHOE, Nev. -- On Saturday September 08, 2018 at approximately 3:30 pm, Douglas County Emergency Communications received a call from a reporting party stating their husband left 3 hours prior for a hike in the area of Skunk Harbor of the Lake Tahoe Basin. There was no communication with the missing person since the time of his departure.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team was activated and launched a search and rescue mission. DCSO SAR had just completed a mission by assisting in locating another missing hiker in Lake Tahoe, who was found safe and healthy. The intensive search was conducted deploying all assets and services available.
At approximately 10:00 p.m., DCSO SAR suspended their efforts due to darkness and safety for the SAR personnel.
DCSO SAR resumed on September 09, 2018 at 5:45 am, with the assistance of Washoe County Sheriff’s Office- Raven helicopter and United States Navy Search and Rescue Seahawk helicopter, the missing hiker was spotted at 7:45 am from the air.
The missing man was brought to a meeting point at State Route 28 and Highway 50 where he received medical attention for minor cuts and bruises. The man was reunited with his family.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public when enjoying recreation in the back country to limit your activities to those that do not exceed any limitations one may have due to medical or physical conditions.
In this case, the hiker was prepared by carrying water and had knowledge of how to survive overnight in a mountain area, which absolutely contributed to this incident having a successful outcome.