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Sam D.

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Could've ended like this:

http://news.yahoo.com/couple-missing-2-weeks-drank-rainwater-ate-oranges-175335592.html

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Wow, unusual happy ending to that situation.  Kudos to all those who took the time to report the vehicle, from the report it sounds like that is the only reason a search was started in a somewhat timely fashion.

Hope the hiker makes a full recovery.  Clever to follow the burrows.  Not so clever to be out in the desert without someone keeping track of when you are overdue.  Even if you don't have a reliable person to keep track of you the NPS offers that service for free if you file a free backcountry permit.

Easy mistake to make though, lots of people embark on a "short" day-hike without thinking through just how long they may be stuck out there without anyone even starting to look for them.
paul belanger

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That Rhabdomyolysis is a bitch. One more thing to watch out for in the desert.

(Sure glad to hear this guy is all right.)
gael

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Extra credit points for the creative survival technique. Pizza and beer for the burros.
dstock

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Wow, we passed that truck driving out late Tuesday morning the 5th.  Saw that it was deliberately parked and didn't see any damage and just assumed it was folks visiting the dunes.  Glad it worked out ok in the end.

Came across a group of motorcyclists from Oregon with a dead bike they were towing out and offered assistance but they declined.  Last year on the way out, ended up towing a full size Dodge pickup over South Pass to Olancha.  

Definitely got to keep your wits about you out there. 
Sam D.

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So, do the burros deserve partial credit for guiding the man to the watering hole (artesian well)? [wink]
Salt Peter

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Great news. Thanks for the recon.
Sam D.

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Ranger Dave Brenner was the incident commander of the event.


http://home.nps.gov/morningreport/

Death Valley National Park (CA)
Lost Visitor Rescued After A Week In The Desert

On Saturday, May 9th, rangers received a report that a white pickup truck had been parked for several days at Saline Valley Dunes, a remote area only accessible to 4x4 vehicles.

Rangers searched the area on Sunday but were unable to locate anyone associated with the truck. Through investigation, they determined that it had been rented by a single person and had not been returned by the rental contract’s termination date.

On Monday, the Beverly Hills Police Department checked at the man’s home and confirmed that he was overdue and a search was begun. Rangers were joined by Inyo County SAR, China Lake Mountain Rescue, and California Highway Patrol’s helicopter H80.

On Tuesday morning, H80 was re-tasked to another SAR which was occurring simultaneously at Mesquite Sand Dunes. Once H80 cleared Mesquite Sand Dunes, the crew returned to assist in the Saline Valley search efforts. San Bernadino, Tehachapi, California Rescue Dog Association, and Kern Valley SAR groups also joined the search. Around 10 a.m., H80 located the missing man, who was roughly five miles from his vehicle and to the east of the dune complex.

The man reportedly set out alone for a day hike on the morning of Tuesday, May 5th, and became disoriented. Unable to find his way back to his vehicle, he followed a group of burros to a watering hole where he subsisted until rescue arrived. The man was transported to Northern Inyo Hospital where he is being treated for second degree sunburn and arhabdomyolysis. 

[Submitted by J.D. Updegraff, District Ranger]
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This was posted last night on another forum:

"Japanese tourist found today, Tues, 6 miles east of the truck, by helo and multiagency folk. Alive, dehydrated, sunburned."

So far, I've not heard any other info about this situation from any DEVA or media sources. Very odd.
paul belanger

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Can we get an update?
paul belanger

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Hoping to hear a good outcome from this report.  Hiking one of the canyons would be a reasonable thing to hope for?
trigger

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Only if you lay face first on the lake bed floor. There's no news reference these folks being missing on the Internet. Any updates?
Sam D.

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The vehicle was parked accurately on the side of the road. I did not see any visible damage. Can someone drown in the salt lake? I hope he/they did not walk on the surface and stepped into some deep hole.
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This could have a sad outcome.  When people die it's usually because they have left their vehicle, unless of course they got a ride out.   Let's hope that's what happened.
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Oh man hope they are found safe and sound. Was the vehicle ok or was something wrong with it?
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