Men rescued after night in Desolation Wilderness
LAKE TAHOE – Two Sacramento men were rescued from Desolation Wilderness on Monday after being stranded for more than 24 hours on a rock ledge.
According to El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, Peter Monson, 20, and Jeremy Nevis, 19, became lost when they were hiking Monday near Pyramid Peak.
Pyramid Peak is a barren 9,983-foot crest that is typically accessed by the Twin Bridges trailhead or Echo Lakes trailhead off of U.S. Highway 50.
When the men, one of whom had injuries to both of his ankles, found themselves stranded in the middle of the night on an 8-foot long granite ledge, they used their cellular phone to call a friend, Marcus James, for help. James set off into the wilderness with another friend, Jonathon Blank, to rescue them.
The deserted men waited for their friends to locate them until morning. When no help arrived, Monson and Nevis dialed 911.
The call came into the California Highway Patrol dispatch center in Truckee at about 8:50 a.m. The reception was poor and only a portion of the call came through but the most important detail – the location – was audible.
“We are stranded on a ledge at Pyramid,” the voice said before being cut off.
Shortly after the call came through, search and rescue teams from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Forest Service and helicopter crews from the CHP and the Army National Guard started combing the wilderness.
At 12:55 p.m., Monday, the CHP helicopter spotted the men on a ledge in a steep canyon south of Pyramid Peak. The Army National Guard lifted the two men off the precipice with a 200-foot rescue line.
El Dorado County Sheriff’s said a medic found the two men dehydrated and suffering from exposure.
Nevis was also suffering from ankle injuries.
Both men were taken to Barton Hospital.
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