A 75-year-old man who had disappeared whereas mountain climbing on Mount Baldy over the weekend has been discovered alive on Tuesday.
Jin Chung, 75, from North Hollywood, was discovered responsive and transported to a hospital for remedy, confirmed the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Division.
He had suffered a leg harm and a few weather-related wounds, officers mentioned. Chung was first reported lacking round 6 a.m. on Sunday.
He had carpooled to the mountain with two different individuals earlier than the events separated. They deliberate to satisfy again up at 2 p.m., however Chung by no means returned, officers mentioned.
Each air and floor crews looked for Chung and at instances, officers mentioned helicopters needed to be grounded on account of gusty winds over the weekend. Floor crews additionally ceased operations at instances on account of icy situations.
The realm had already claimed the lives of two individuals within the final 30 days, whereas two different hikers stay lacking on Tuesday, together with British actor Julian Sands, 65, and Robert Gregory, 61, from Hawthorne.
Authorities warned the general public of icy mountain climbing trails and harmful wintry situations alongside Mt. Bady mountain climbing trails.
“Up in Mount Baldy, the winds have been 50-60 miles per hour,” mentioned Alex Tardy from the Nationwide Climate Service. “A few of the windiest spots in that space, on the foothills of the San Gabriels, have been as excessive as 75.”
Whereas Chung has been discovered safely, two others nonetheless stay lacking within the space. Sands was reported lacking on Jan. 13 after heading to Baldy Bowl and Gregory was reported lacking after he was believed to be mountain climbing close to Crystal Lake.
Native hikers famous the winter situations this 12 months look like extra treacherous.
“The situations this 12 months are the iciest I’ve ever seen,” mentioned Doug Hardy, a hiker from Ontario. “It’s means more durable coming down. When you’re going up the 45-degree sheet of ice, while you flip round and look down it’s like man, you can not screw that up.”
Authorities are warning the general public to “keep away from hazardous mountainous areas comparable to Mt. Baldy right now.”
“Many hikers, skilled or novice, underestimate the steep terrain, unpredictable climate, and excessive winds that current themselves in our mountain areas,” officers warn. “Publicity to the weather and falls contributes to Mt. Baldy’s rising mortality price and the danger of avalanches prolongs rescue efforts.”
A excessive wind watch will stay in impact from Wednesday to Thursday, which authorities say might hinder the continued seek for Sands and Gregory.
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