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CHP helicopter crew finds lost jeepers in Sierra

A California Highway Patrol helicopter crew was able to come to the aid of a young family and their friend whose jeep had become stuck on the rocky Rubicon Trail in El Dorado County.

The adventure for Nicholas Kominski of Fairfield, his wife Elizabeth Oldknow, 4-month-old daughter Skylar and friend Joseph Downs began when they started on a day trip from the Lake Tahoe side of the off road trail Tuesday. In the area of Rubicon Springs, their jeep got stuck and they could not free the vehicle.

The group, without food or proper clothing for the chilly conditions, found a vacant tent and camped overnight. They began walking Wednesday morning and finally established a cell phone signal to make a 911 call to the El Dorado Sheriff’s Office.

The CHP crew of pilot Jason Hertzell and flight officer-paramedic David White responded to the area of the call east of Loon Lake and began the search. Using a satellite telephone, the officers got Kominski on his cell phone.

The lost group could hear the helicopter approaching. The crew, with Kominski’s help, was able to pinpoint the group just east of Loon Lake.

The helicopter was landed on granite rocks and the group hiked to the aircraft. They were transported to another location where El Dorado Sheriff’s deputies took charge of the tired and hungry party.

All were in good health.

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