Saturday, June 27, 2009

SAR News: JOY - Gold country Gold panner found after four days - Hoist rescue

SAR - David Davis, left his campsite at Clear Creek Campground Wednesday at about 12:30 p.m. to go gold panning alone. A family friend reported Davis missing Thursday afternoon on behalf of his wife, who had been camping with him.

Update: 1800 hrs - JOY - An air ambulance is reportedly flying the victim to the Mercy Medical Center in Redding.
Update: 1630 hrs - Victim located - Gold panner found after four days in the wilderness areas around French Gulch - Hoist rescue in progress to lift the man out of a rugged canyon and he appeared awake and alert.

Last Seen Location: Campground off Trinity Mountain Road near French Gulch.

Search Op's: Active SAR Search started 6 p.m. Thursday. Thick tree cover hampered efforts search the terrain by air., The sheriff’s office has 30 searchers looking for Davis today, said Lt. Anthony Bertain. Helping the sheriff’s search and rescue team is Trinity County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue and a U.S. Forest Service fire crew.
Terrain: Very rugged, Heavy Tree cover, Limited cell phone reception
Victims description: David Davis 61-years-old, who reportedly has a heart condition, is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. He was last scene wearing a blue baseball cap, blue jeans and an unknown color shirt.

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