Tourists get lost over weekend
Two separate parties of visitors to the North Lake Tahoe area became lost last weekend during their winter play and required the assistance of rescue teams.
On Friday, Jan. 26, three cross-country skiers found themselves lost in the Page Meadows area. The Placer County Sheriff’s Department received a cellular phone call at approximately 5:45 p.m. from the lost trio, according to the sheriff’s report.
The skiers – Cheryl McBain, 44, of Richmond, Nancy Conover, 42, of Oakland, and Jennifer Smith, 47, of Berkeley – apparently became disoriented while returning to their car, which was parked in the Talmont subdivision. Using the cell phone, the skiers alerted the sheriff’s department, who responded along with members of the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team.
Three snowmobiles began searching at the trailhead in Talmont and located the lost skiers, along with their dog, within 10 minutes. The skiers were found in good health and were transported safely back to their vehicle.
The following evening, Jan. 27, two snowboarders were reported missing at Squaw Valley USA ski resort. Just before 11 p.m., the Placer County Sheriff’s Department received a call regarding the missing boarders; Squaw Valley Ski Patrol was also notified.
The snowboarders had missed a scheduled 2 p.m. rendezvous with the reporting party.
When sheriff’s personnel, along with members of the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team, arrived on the scene, they were informed that the resort’s ski patrol had located snowboard tracks leading from their property to the American River Drainage Area. The two were located by members of the ski patrol.
Lisa Seaman, 35, of San Francisco, and Samuel Norling, 27, of Oakland, were found in good health and reunited with their party.
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