Overdue Hiker Found by Shelter Cove Fire
At 5:45 p.m., Shelter Cove Fire Department was dispatched to go look for a missing hiker. According to Cheryl Antony, spokesperson for the department, the hiker was supposed to have shown up for work today but had not appeared.
“The good thing was he had registered,” Antony said. The hiker had told the Bureau of Land Management where he was going and where his vehicle would be parked and what it would look like. The fire department was able to quickly ascertain that his vehicle was located in the north parking lot.
“We got up to the top and looked and we saw this tiny tiny light way down the beach,” Antony said. They didn’t really think they could be so lucky that it would be their lost hiker’s light but they sent a crew down the beach in their ATV.
The crew soon radioed back to her that it was their lost hiker and he was really glad that he was going to get a ride back.
“He had been hiking the trail for four days and hiked through a lot of rain,” Antony explained. “He got lost for a little bit….There were a couple of times he couldn’t tell which way the trail went…. Luckily, he had lots of gear…He had a cell phone but he couldn’t call because he didn’t have service…He was just so wet. His feet were really, really sore.”
Antony said the hiker “was a really nice guy.” She added that he was able to call his father from the Fire Department and reassure his family that he was safe.