Trinity County Searchers Rescue Stranded Mushroom Hunter
Press release from the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department:
On Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at approximately 6:20 am a family member of Rayona Scott called the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center to report that Ms. Scott had hiked into the Six Rivers National Forest North of Trinity Village in Hawkins Bar to pick mushrooms on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 and had not returned home yet. Ms. Scott was supposed to call someone to pick her up or be picked up the night of December 6, 2016. Her family had not heard from her and it was not her usual practice to stay out overnight.
The Trinity County Sheriff’s Deputies as well as Trinity County Search and Rescue members and the United States Forest Service Fire Crews responded to the area where Rayona Scott was reported to be picking mushrooms. At approximately 2:30 pm Ms. Scott was located by searchers South of Forest Road 8N02 near the Hawkins Creek drainage. Ms. Scott had slipped into a creek drainage and was yelling for help. USFS Fire Crews bundled up Ms. Scott and carried her through the steep terrain to the awaiting ambulance that transported her to a nearby hospital to be treated for mild hypothermic issues.
Trinity County Sheriff’s Office
Trinity County Search and Rescue
United States Forest Service Fire Crews, Six Rivers National Forest & Shasta-Trinity National Forest