Local search and rescue crews located a hunter on Sunday that was reported missing on the Pacific Crest Trail Saturday.
On Oct. 7, at about 7:42 p.m., the Kern County Sheriff's Search and Rescue was notified of a missing hunter near McIver's Cabin on the Pacific Crest Trail. Family reported they last had contact with Emilio Hernandez, 61, by two-way radio, on Oct. 6 at about 6 p.m. Hernandez informed his family members he was low on food and out of water. When Hernandez did not return to camp by the following evening, the family reported Hernandez missing.
Volunteers from Desert Search and Rescue responded immediately to begin the search for Hernandez. On the morning of Oct, 8, volunteers from Bakersfield Search and Rescue, Kern Valley Search and Rescue and China Lake Mountain Rescue Group arrived to assist in the search.
As the ground teams expanded their search for Hernandez, other search and rescue members worked with Hernandez' family and Sheriff's Dispatch to try to locate Hernandez. Sheriff's Dispatch developed GPS coordinates for a possible location for Hernandez.
Air-2 was dispatched to the area where Hernandez was believed to be lost, which was about three miles northwest of Hernandez' last known location. Air-2 located Hernandez but due to terrain was unable to land and assist Hernandez. Kern County Fire's 408 responded to perform a hoist operation to remove Hernandez from the location he had been found.
Fire's 408 took Hernandez to Kern Valley airport where medical aid was staged to assist Hernandez. Hernandez had complained of exhaustion and dehydration. Hernandez did not have any life-threatening injuries.