EL MIRAGE – On Saturday evening deputies from the Victor Valley Station responded to a call from a woman telling them that her husband went riding an off-highway vehicle in the El Mirage Dry Lake bed and hours later had not returned.
During the 7:45 p.m. call the woman went on to say that her husband, who was then gone for 4-5 hours had no food, water, helmet and limited experience riding off Highway vehicles. The man never rode in the area before and was reported to be riding a gray Yamaha Quad. Due to the nature of the report, he was listed as a critical missing adult. Deputies from the Victor Valley Station and the San Bernardino County Aviation Division began searching for the missing man.
Early Sunday morning, at around 4:45 a.m. Search and Rescue members joined in the search locating the subject who was suffering from a head injury and a possible broken leg. He was carried back to the command post on Oasis Road south of El Mirage Road near Black Mountain where paramedics were waiting. He was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital for the treatment of his injuries.
The Victor Valley Sheriff’s Stations Off Highway Vehicle Team would like to remind everyone to be prepared with adequate food and water and to ride in pairs, never venture out alone. Helmets are required by California State Law when operating an Off Highway Vehicle. For more information on legal riding areas or California State Laws regarding Off Highway Vehicles, please contact Sergeant Jeff Toll at 760-868-1006.
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