The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office reported that the hiker missing on Mt. Shasta since Wednesday night was rescued on Friday, July 28, 2017 at about 7:43 p.m.
Charity C. Stevens, 36, of Laguna Nigel, Calif., was rescued by a joint federal, state, and local search and rescue effort, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.
As stated in the release, “Another hiker on the mountain assisted authorities with pinpointing Ms. Stevens on Friday night after an exhaustive air and ground search was initiated the day following her disappearance at the 13,000 feet level of the mountain. A California Army National Guard helicopter crew rescued Ms. Stevens near Red Banks on the mountain and transported her to Mercy Mount Shasta Hospital in Mt. Shasta. Ms. Stevens was examined, treated, and released. According to the SCSO’s Search and Rescue Team coordinator, Deputy Mike Burns, Ms. Stevens was reunited with her traveling companion, was in good spirits and was grateful to have been rescued. She and her traveling companion were provided food and refreshments at the SAR Command Post and later left the area.”
Sheriff Jon Lopey states in the release, “We are relieved Ms. Stevens was found alive and well. This was a phenomenal search and rescue effort led by numerous regular and volunteer resources from many federal, state, and local agencies. We received assistance from many SAR units from various counties in California and Oregon. United States Forest Service (USFS), California Army National Guard support was also pivotal and their air units worked in partnership with the CHP. It was a good ending to what could have been a tragic story. This is a good opportunity to remind all visitors and climbers traversing the slopes of Mount Shasta to check-in with the USFS’s Mt. Shasta Station or go on-line to the USFS website to become familiar with vital safety, weather, and environmental advisories and recommendations for Mount Shasta. Always carry extra cold weather clothing, food, water, and appropriate foot, head, and hand protection, and required medication, in case you are stranded unexpectedly on the mountain. Always carry a charged cell phone, emergency light, and GPS device if possible in case of an emergency. If possible, a portable emergency shelter can be critical for higher elevations as well. It is better to hike or climb in groups and ensure you apprise a responsible person at home of your schedule and route if possible.”