Douglas searchers participate in two rescues |

Douglas searchers participate in two rescues

Douglas County rescuers had a busy weekend starting at 9 p.m. Friday when they received a call to help find a camper who became lost while looking for her dog near Woods Lake in Alpine County.

According to Douglas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Halsey, the 53-year-old woman left camp at 6 p.m. to find the dog. When the dog returned without her, searchers were contacted.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue responded with a canine search team and looked for her unsuccessfully into the night.

They resumed the search in the heavily wooded area around the lake on Saturday morning with reinforcements.

The woman was found by one of the Douglas teams about 1:05 p.m., approximately three miles from where she’d left the campground.

Halsey said she was disheveled and tired, but otherwise OK.

At 11:30 a.m. Saturday, while searchers were still looking in Alpine County for the missing woman, a couple left the Ridge Tahoe Resort on a hike toward Star Lake.

Douglas dispatchers received a cell phone call at 5:15 p.m. from the man saying the couple was lost.

He told dispatchers they had walked some way off the trail and became disoriented. Searchers on foot and riding found the couple just before dusk about a mile east of the base of Galaxy Ski Run.

They were treated for dehydration, mild hypothermia and muscle cramping.

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