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Rescue Team Finds UC Santa Cruz Hiker In Yosemite

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YOSEMITE (CBS/AP) – A student who went missing over the weekend in Yosemite National Park has been found.

Park officials said John Paul Chaufan Field was spotted from a search and rescue helicopter Monday afternoon about five miles from where he was last seen Saturday.

Park rangers found him in good health and were transporting him to a ranger station.

The 22-year-old was on a backpacking trip with fellow University of California, Santa Cruz students in the Hetch Hetchy area in the park’s northwest section.

The park says Chaufan Field did not show up for a headcount when the rest of the group left for a day hike around 11 a.m. Saturday. When the group returned an hour later, he was still missing.

About 50 rescuers aided in the search.

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