Local SAR Team Assists in Rescue of 73-Year-Old Hiker Lost for a Week

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The Malibu Search and Rescue Team joined mountain rescue teams from around California in search of 73-year-old Eugene Jo, who went missing on June 22 while hiking in the Angeles National Forest. The teams successfully rescued Jo early June 29, as shared by MSAR on social media.

Jo had been hiking with a group to summit Mt. Waterman in the San Gabriel Mountains of the Angeles National Forest, per a missing person poster shared online. He was then separated from the group. With the Montrose Search and Rescue Team leading the search, more than 40 members from SAR teams around the state—as far as Marin and Fresno counties, per the Montrose team—came to assist. Over the week of the search, teams combed dozens of miles looking for Jo.

The missing hiker was finally found in Devil’s Canyon by members of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team. He was airlifted out with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Air Rescue 5 helicopter to a hospital. He was released last Saturday night, June 29.