Backpackers rescued from Desolation Wilderness during winter storm
January 10, 2019
Three backpackers were rescued from Desolation Wilderness in the early morning hours Monday as a winter storm continued to impact the region.
The backpackers were prepared for the elements but failed to heed warnings from the National Weather Service, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office. A winter storm warning had been issued Saturday afternoon, lasting through Sunday.
When the group overshot their return time, family members contacted law enforcement. They provided deputies with a travel plan and a map of the planned route.
"With the severe winter weather the conditions were treacherous and there was an extreme hazard facing the group EDSO deputies and search and rescue volunteers responded," according to the sheriff's office.
The search continued through Sunday night and eventually the group was located in the early morning hours. They were suffering slight hypothermia but in good spirits.
After warming up and being evaluated by El Dorado County paramedics they were given a ride to a local hotel.
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The sheriff's office reminds outdoor enthusiasts to be aware of adverse weather conditions and exercise caution when heading into the backcountry.