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January 22, 2010
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Mother and son find shelter in cabin after getting lost at Kirkwood

KIRKWOOD, Calif. - A mom and her son were safely returned to family members on Friday morning after becoming lost while skiing at Kirkwood Mountain Resort on Thursday, according to a statement from Alpine County Sheriff's Office.

Half Moon Bay, Calif. residents Sally Coverdell, 55, and her 24-year-old son Robert Coverdell became lost in snowy conditions, but found shelter from the storm near Silver Lake, according to the statement. Silver Lake is less than 2 miles southwest of Kirkwood.

The pair were last seen at the top of Chair 6 around noon on Thursday, prompting an search by Amador County and Alpine County search and rescue personnel, according to the statement.

The initial search was unsuccessful and Alpine County and Amador County personnel were joined by El Dorado County, the U.S. Forest Service and a search helicopter from the Fallon Naval Air Station Friday morning.

The mother and son walked out to Highway 88 about 10:30 a.m. on Friday and met a Forest Service snowmobile unit that was preparing to search the area, according to the statement.

"They had become disoriented in the blizzard conditions the night before, and ended up in the Silver Lake area," according to the statement. "They were able to get into a cabin where they spent the night, hiking out this morning."


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jan 22, 2010 10:58PM Published Jan 22, 2010 10:57PM Copyright 2010 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.