Rock climbers find themselves in need of rescue

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Rock climbers had a stunning view of Blue Lake as they waited for rescue last week. A brother and sister found that they could not descend from a ledge and had to be extricated from the situation by a CHP helicopter.

A brother and sister who were enjoying rock climbing last week found themselves stranded on a steep cliff near Blue Lake and required the Siskiyou County Sheriff Office’s Search and Rescue personnel’s assistance.

The Sheriff’s Office received a call at about 2:40 p.m. on Aug. 26 informing them of the climbers’ predicament.

“The two hikers were camping with family members in the vicinity and feared if they attempted further descent off the ledge they could become seriously injured,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

Just after 5:30 p.m. Search and Rescue members and deputy Bob Buker were deployed from the Scott Valley Airport and were “inserted” by a California Highway Patrol Northern Division Air Operations Unit. The team was able to use a hoist to safely extract the hikers.

“This was a busy week for SCSO SAR rescue personnel and their deputy coordinators,” said Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey. “We are grateful the CHP and the SCSO SAR team were able to respond quickly and rescue these two stranded hikers without mishap or injury. This is another good time to remind mountain travelers to be aware of their surroundings, avoid potentially unsafe mountainous activities, and always climb or hike with proper clothing, safety equipment, and emergency supplies.”