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Mountain Volunteers Find Hunter Stranded in Ravine South of Mountain Center

October 2, 2011

By McCarthy, Banning-Beamont.Path.com

Deputies from Hemet first responded to the call in the area of Rouse Ridge, north of Bautista Canyon and west of the Lake Hemet reservoir, at 6:37 p.m.
Saturday, a corporal at the sheriff's Hemet Station said.

Search-and-rescue volunteers located a stranded deer hunter in a ravine in the San Jacinto Mountains south of Mountain Center early Sunday, a sheriff's corporal said.

Deputies from Hemet first responded to the call in the area of Rouse Ridge, north of Bautista Canyon and west of the Lake Hemet reservoir, at 6:37 p.m.
Saturday, according to Cpl. Jason Sexton of the sheriff's Hemet Station.

A deer hunter was reported stranded in the area, had become dehydrated, and called out for help to other hunters in the area, Sexton said.

Members of the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit responded and began searching the area. The volunteers located the hunter at 1:10 a.m. Sunday in a ravine and escorted him to safety, Sexton said.

"The hunter was hydrated by medical personnel and did not require any further medical attention," Sexton said.

"The Riverside County Sheriff's Department would like to remind hunting and hiking enthusiasts to carry proper equipment for any outdoor excursion,"
Sexton said. "Proper preparedness includes a well-thought-out travel plan shared with friends and family, as well as familiarity with common hiking equipment, such as GPS, maps and compasses, proper clothing and plenty of water."

The Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit offers tips on backcountry navigation and safety on the FAQ page of its web site www.rmru.org.

Anyone with further information about this incident was urged to contact the Riverside County Sheriff's Department Hemet Station at (951) 791-3400.

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