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3 hikers missing in SEKI

Postby jspeigl » Thu Oct 15, 2009 7:31 pm

They've been overdue since Monday. No doubt the storm has slowed them down.

http://www.fresnobee.com/263/story/1673566.html

Backpackers from Road's End east to Forrester Pass or south of the Kern-Kaweah River are being urged to call investigators at (559) 565-3195.
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Postby Langenbacher » Thu Oct 15, 2009 7:43 pm

http://www.nps.gov/seki/parknews/newsreleases.htm
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
News Release
For Immediate Release October 14, 2009
Contact Adrienne Freeman 559/ 565-3131
Search Underway for Missing Backpackers in Kings Canyon National Park
Rangers in Kings Canyon began the search yesterday for Southern California residents Jordan Zeman, 25, Jake Zeman, 23, and Lanier Rogers, 25. The group began an approximately 65 mile trip from Road’s End in the Cedar Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park on Wednesday, October 7, 2009 with the intention of walking out on Monday. Family reported the backpackers missing on Monday, October 12 at around 10pm. Park rangers began an investigation on Tuesday. As of Wednesday, October 14, 2009, searchers are being called from around the state to aid Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in the search effort.
Backcountry hikers in the wilderness area between Road’s End, east to Forrester Pass, south to the Kern-Kaweah River or north to Bubbs Creek are asked to call incident investigators at 559/565-3195 whether or not they saw a group matching that of the missing men.
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3 missing hikers in SEKI

Postby Cy Kaicener » Thu Oct 15, 2009 9:28 pm

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Postby Langenbacher » Fri Oct 16, 2009 4:54 am

from SEKI
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
News Release
For Immediate Release October 15, 2009
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A group matching the description of Jordan Zeman, Jacob Zeman, and Lanier Rodgers was located at approximately 12:00pm today. The group, who were reported missing on October 12, 2009, was seen by the park helicopter on a ledge above Roaring River Falls approximately a quarter of a mile from Cedar Grove. Preliminary contact has been made with the group from the helicopter, and all appear to be in good physical condition.
Due to the inaccessible nature of the terrain, the three men will be extricated via technical rescue. Extrication is expected to be complete by late this afternoon. Positive identification will not be possible until park staff can contact the group directly.


from MSNBC
Park officials say San Bernardino Police Officer Lanier Rogers and brothers Jordan Zeman and Jake Zeman were rescued Thursday afternoon after being spotted by the park's helicopter earlier in the day.
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The three men told their rescuers they were stranded on a ledge above a waterfall for three days. The waterfall is about a quarter mile from the village of Cedar Grove.

Rogers and the Zeman brothers had an emotional reunion with family members shortly after their rescue.
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Postby Guyzo » Fri Oct 16, 2009 3:31 pm

Thank God. :wink:
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