KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK (CBS SF) — A Lafayette woman reported missing late Friday afternoon in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks was found safe Sunday, according to the National Park Service.
Diane Salmon, 63, had last been seen with two family members on the Bishop Pass Trail on Friday morning on the north side of the first lake in Dusy Basin. She was planning to cross Bishop Pass and exit at South Lake in Inyo National Forest on Friday night.
On Sunday, Salmon was spotted by other hikers on her way to the South Lake Trailhead in Inyo National Forest. She walked out with them and is currently being reunited with her family.
“We are all happy for this conclusion to this search and rescue. Visitors should be reminded that many of these incidents result from groups separating from each other and it is safer to travel together.,” incident commander Tom Parrack said in a statement.
Park rangers want to remind the public that weather in the Sierra Nevada this time of year can change at a moment’s notice. As always, it’s best to be prepared for changes in the weather and unintended nights out.
In total, over 50 responders were assigned to this incident. Responders are currently working on a demobilization plan to bring ground searchers out of this area before the incoming storm arrives. Inyo County Sheriff and Yosemite National Park Search and Rescue assisted in the search.
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