Camper rescued from cliffside |

Camper rescued from cliffside

Gregory Crofton

By some stroke of luck, a man camping at Fallen Leaf Lake heard a cry for help on his personal radio Sunday afternoon.

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Mazzoni met up with the camper and used the radio to determine the man was dehydrated and stuck on a cliff above Upper Angora Lake.

An employee of the resort at Angora Lakes spotted Jeffrey Johnson with binoculars. Two El Dorado County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue volunteers and five Lake Valley Fire employees hiked in and reached Johnson at 4:10 p.m. They fed him water and food and had him on the ground 30 minutes later.

Johnson, 25, of Pleasanton, Calif., told Mazzoni that he and a friend had been camping in Desolation Wilderness and spent Saturday night at Lake of the Woods. Trouble started Sunday morning when he got separated from his friend about 9:30 a.m.

Johnson attempted to follow the Lily Loop Trail but lost his way and ended up stranded at Angora.

“It’s not a very good trail,” Mazzoni said. “He made it halfway down steep terrain. His friend had their water filter and he become somewhat dehydrated and exhausted.”

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