RUNNING SPRINGS, Calif. – A 50-year-old skier from Simi Valley was successfully rescued by the Search and Rescue Team after hours after he got lost.
On Thursday, March 21, 2019, at around 4:38 p.m., deputies responded to the Snow Valley Ski Resort for the report of a lost skier. At 4:41 p.m. Dustin Wagenback called 911 stating that he was lost and his feet were wet. His cell phone service was spotty but dispatchers were able to get GPS coordinates from the 911 call. His location was determined to be near Bear Canyon, east of the Snow Valley Ski Resort.
The snow, wind, and heavy fog prevented the Sheriff’s helicopter from assisting in the search. The Search and Rescue Team was deployed to assist in the search. On Thursday night, rescuers located the lost man and escorted him through canyons and cliffs to safety. Dustin was found to be in good health when checked by fire personnel at the Snow Valley Ski Resort.
Being prepared could have been the difference in life or death, or at least injury or no injury. Dustin had a charged cell phone keeping him able to communicate with dispatchers and deputies. He was also dressed in clothing appropriate to the 30-degree temperatures.
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