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Helicopter rescues hiker and her dog lost in Desolation Wilderness

Lake Tahoe weather turned cold overnight on hiker and her dog. Here’s when the rescuers showed up

El Dorado County Search and Rescue personnel find a missing hiker and her dog near Forni Lake, west of Lake Tahoe, in Desolation Wilderness. The woman from Sacramento and her four-legged companion became lost and spent a long cold night outside.
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El Dorado County Search and Rescue personnel find a missing hiker and her dog near Forni Lake, west of Lake Tahoe, in Desolation Wilderness. The woman from Sacramento and her four-legged companion became lost and spent a long cold night outside.

A CHP air crew rescued a woman and her dog by helicopter from Desolation Wilderness in El Dorado County on Tuesday, authorities said.

The pair were forced to spend a cold Monday night in the 63,960-acre wilderness area after getting lost while hiking, the California Highway Patrol's Valley Division Air Operations said on Facebook.

El Dorado County Search and Rescue found them in a rocky clearing close to Forni Lake.

The helicopter then flew them to the community of Strawberry, where El Dorado County sheriff's deputies provided further assistance, the CHP said.

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