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Borrego Springs - Air Rescue


Last updated 12/14/2015 at 10am

Deputy Sheriffs from the Borrego and Ranchita area responded to a report of a missing hiker Sunday Dec. 13, in the Rockhouse Canyon area west of the Clark Dry Lake in Borrego Springs.

The 55-year-old hiker, a former Marine, had been out with others looking for a school project, a grounded weather balloon with a GPS device attached. He was last seen by his companions at 3:00 pm before they had become separated.

Un-able to locate him, the companions called the Sheriff's Communication Center for assistance and Deputies called in various air assets during the night.

Sheriff's "ASTREA" and United States Border Patrol "Omaha" helicopters worked with ground SAR units in the field Sunday morning and the hiker was located in the rugged terrain area Rockhouse Canyon area by OMAHA after being directed by ground SAR personnel.

The hiker was found to be in good physical shape and was flown to the command post area on Rockhouse Trail where he was reunited with his companions.

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