Sheriff's Search and Rescue
Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team Rescues Lost Hiker
Santa Barbara - March 25th, 2016
At approximately 2:30 p.m. this afternoon, March 25, 2016, the Santa Barbara County Emergency Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a lost hiker who was in the foothills above Santa Barbara. The lost hiker stated he was in the vicinity of Inspiration Point and had fallen from the trail and was stuck. The uninjured hiker stated he was unable to get back to the trail and needed assistance.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team members (SBCSAR) as well as the Santa Barbara County Air Support Unit was notified. Through limited cell phone conversations and GPS capability, the lost hiker’s general location was determined to be in the area of Mission Ridge. Santa Barbara County Air Support Unit "Copter 2" flew the location and with the assistance of nearby hikers, they were able to locate the subject.
The lost hiker is a 20-year-old Santa Barbara City College International student from Brazil. He has been in the Santa Barbara area for one month and this was his first hike in the foothills of Santa Barbara. He stated that while he was hiking, he tripped and slid over 150 feet down the side of a cliff. SBCSAR's Technical Rescue Team was able to rappel two team members to the stuck hiker. Once secured, the hiker was raised to the trail above and ultimately escorted down the trail.
The Santa Barbara Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team is an all-volunteer team who are on call 24 hours a day. In the last seven days, the team has responded to ten calls including lost hikers, fall victims, missing persons and a vehicle over the side of the roadway. For more information on SBCSAR please visit their website at www.sbcsar.org
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