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Wayward snowmobilers are rescued

William Ferchland

Two South Lake Tahoe snowmobilers who became lost two to three miles in Eldorado National Forest south of South Lake Tahoe on Sunday night were taken to the hospital for hypothermic conditions, authorities said.

A third was uninjured.

Erica Baxter, Clinton Schue and Calvin Yeager left at 3 p.m. for a snowmobile ride. Six hours later, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department received a call the trio were missing.

A full-scale search and rescue was initiated with 30 personnel. Snowmobile and ski teams were deployed into the forest off Oneidas Road.

At 7:40 a.m. Monday the three were found, using a snow cave to survive the snowy conditions, stated Deputy Mike Sukau. Yeager and Baxter were flown from the area by the CHP helicopter to Barton Memorial Hospital for exposure and hypothermic conditions. Schue was able to leave the scene with rescuers.

Both Baxter and Yeager were later released from the hospital, Sukau stated.

Agencies including the Alpine County Sheriff’s Department, El Dorado Nordic Ski Patrol, a California Highway Patrol helicopter, a CHP plane, Calstar helicopter and Lake Valley Fire Protection District assisted in the search.

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