On Saturday June 28, 2014, at about 7:20PM, Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding an injured hiker on Palisade Glacier (above Big Pine in the Sierra Mountain range). According to the reporting party, Jay Underwood a 32-year old man from Palo Alto, California, had sustained a blow to his knee by a boulder and could not walk due to severe pain. The reporting party further explained that he and Underwood had been camping at Sam Mack Meadows; the morning of the 28th they left camp to climb the Palisade Glacier via the U-Notch route. After successfully climbing to the top of U-Notch, they began their descent. Not long into the descent they heard the sound of boulders falling – Underwood looked up and saw a “watermelon” sized boulder heading in his direction. Underwood attempted to move out of the way but was struck on his left knee by the boulder. The pain was too intense for Underwood to walk back to camp. Underwood’s hiking partner contacted the Sheriff’s Office via cellular phone, and advised that he would bring warm clothes and a sleeping bag to Underwood’s location until search teams could assist the next morning.
On Sunday June 29th at about 6:45AM, 8 Inyo County SAR members started up the North Fork Trail to provide assistance to Underwood until air support arrived. By 9:30AM Underwood was loaded into US Forest Service helicopter 525 and transported to the Bishop Airport where he was met by Symons Ambulance Service to further transport him to Northern Inyo Hospital for treatment. A big “thank you” goes out to Inyo County SAR and US Forest Service 525 for your help and quick response!
On Sunday May 18, 2014, at about 8:40pm, Inyo County dispatch received a call regarding a missing hiker on Mt. Whitney. The missing hiker, 57 year old Los Angeles man William Tseng, had not been seen since noon that day.
After interviewing William’s brother, Robert Tseng, it was determined that Robert, William, and two others left the Mt. Whitney trailhead at about 2:00am to day hike to Mt. Whitney. After about ten hours of hiking, William became tired and stopped at Trail Camp to rest and adjust his crampons while the rest of the group continued on. The hiking group completed their hike and began the descent down the trail – at no point did anyone see William. Once back at the Whitney Portal parking lot, the hikers became even more concerned when William was not at the vehicle. The three hikers spoke with several people coming off the trail to try and determine if anyone had seen William.
On Monday May 19, 2014, at about 5:30am, five Inyo County Search and Rescue (SAR) team members drove to Mt. Whitney to start the search for William. By 8:00am, the SAR team located William walking down the trail towards Whitney Portal. William was in good health and uninjured; he was escorted to Whitney Portal where he was reunited with his family.
Thank you Inyo County SAR for your response and hard work!
On Sunday May 11, 2014, at about 10:30am, the Inyo County Sheriff dispatch was contacted by Michael Bradshaw (71 from Eagle, CO.). Michael said his brother, Steven Bradshaw (62 from Los Angeles), was in a ravine in Wyman Canyon and could not get out. Michael was concerned that his brother was exhausted and becoming increasingly dehydrated. By 1:00pm 9 members of Inyo County Search and Rescue (SAR) team arrived at Deep Springs College to meet up with Michael, where he was waiting. Shortly after, the Inyo County SAR team headed up Wyman Canyon to locate Steven.
At about 2:45pm, 2 Inyo County deputies arrived at Wyman Canyon with OHV’s to assist in the search for Steven. After driving approximately 15 miles, the deputies met up with members of the SAR team. The deputies were told that 6 SAR members were ascending a narrow canyon in an attempt to locate Steven. Shortly after the deputies started up the narrow canyon with the OHVs a SAR team member advised that they located Steven and he was uninjured and in good health.
Two anonymous subjects, who were in the area on OHVs, gave Steven a ride down the canyon to the deputy’s location. Steven said he was riding his motorcycle down a ravine when his motorcycle stopped running due to mechanical problems. Steven said he was unable to get his motorcycle started and had to stay the night. Steven was driven back to Deep Springs College where he was reunited with Michael.
Thank you to the Inyo County SAR team for your quick response!