Search and Rescue kept busy over weekend |

Search and Rescue kept busy over weekend

Gregory Crofton

Bring a flashlight and don’t lose track of friends. Two search and rescues this weekend proved those are rules to live when you’re hiking in the Sierra.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit was called twice in three hours Saturday night to track hikers who lost their way.

One group, a father and his 10-year-old daughter, got separated from a friend and hiked for four hours in a drainage area, Lonely Gulch, before they making it back to the friend’s Tahoma home. By then, nine people and a helicopter were heading to Rubicon Point to search for them.

At 7:15 p.m., Deputy Terry Fleck ended the search and rescue mission before it got started by phoning the friend, Mark Calhoun, who had returned home. Calhoun told Fleck that Hugh Glasco, 54, of Nevada City, and his daughter, Haley, had just arrived safely at his home.

The next search and rescue came with a cell phone call at 9:30 p.m. Adam Lussier, 23, of Castro Valley, Calif., and Jon DeForest, 21, of Hayward, Calif., purposely left a trail at Mount Tallac and were not able to find their way back to the trail before dark. They were rescued at Floating Island Lake at 12:30 a.m.

“They were cold and tired and had no equipment and no flashlight,” Fleck said. “It’s typical to have day hikers become separated or leave the trail and become disoriented. Hopefully these are both inexpensive lessons – inexpensive lessons because nothing happened to all four of these victims.”

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