Lost man finds way out of wilderness
November 27, 2005
A 23-year-old Michigan man, who became lost while hiking with two friends in the Desolation Wilderness on Thursday, found his way to safety on Saturday as search and rescue teams were ramping up for a large scale search.
David Corsbie, 23, suffered mild hypothermia but otherwise was apparently fine and declined to go to the hospital, according to an El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office deputy.
Corsbie was reported lost by two of his hiking partners on Friday in the vicinity of the Bay View Trail west of Emerald Bay.
He had been backpacking with his friends when the weather began to change. The threesome decided to head out of the wilderness but became separated, according to the deputy.
The two men contacted the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office of Friday once they got out of the wilderness. The sheriff’s office then launched a three-team search and rescue operation. At the time, rainy conditions at Desolation had turned to snow and temperatures dropped well below freezing, according to a sheriff’s office deputy.
The search for Corsbie continued into Friday night, with a command post set up at DL Bliss State Park. At 7 a.m. on Saturday a team of 20 searchers was sent into the woods to look for Corsbie. Helicopters were used to search from the air. At about noon, Corsbie had walked out of the wilderness where he located a search and rescue volunteer at the Eagle Falls trailhead.