Oakland Man Missing for 6 Days in Freezing Temperatures and Snow Found Alive
A man who got lost hiking in Yosemite National Park and went missing for six days in freezing temperatures and snow has been found alive.
According to KTVU, Oakland hiker Alan Chow, 36, was spotted and saved on Friday, Feb. 23, in a helicopter rescue operation.
Chow, a backpacker with a wilderness permit, set out on a solo hike on Saturday, Feb. 17, and reportedly become disoriented and got lost.
When he didn’t report to work after the weekend a co-worker reported him missing and a search was launched.
Yosemite Park Ranger Scott Gediman said Chow had done everything right to survive.
“He did all the right things,” said Gediman. “It’s wonderful.”
During the storms, Chow stayed safely in his tent and melted snow for water, said Gediman. He stayed warm and had packed enough extra food to sustain him.
“The lesson here for everybody, is that if you’re out in the backcountry and you fall, you hurt yourself, you get lost, just stay put and don’t try to walk around and get even more lost,” said Gediman.
Rescue operations included a number of agencies and emergency services including the California Highway Patrol and Bay Area Mountain Rescue.
A helicopter pilot spotted Chow’s small tent above Wapama Falls on Friday and he was transported to safety.
Rescue teams also were relieved that Chow had only minor injuries.
“We’re just thrilled and thankful we were able to find him,” said Gediman, “The fact that Mr. Chow is safe and reunited with his family is just the best news and we couldn’t be happier about it.”