A hiker lost on the Pacific Crest Trail in El Dorado County was rescued Sunday by a California Highway Patrol helicopter crew.
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office contacted the CHP’s Helicopter 24 about 1 p.m. for assistance locating a lone female hiker who had become lost on the Pacific Crest Trail and had called the Sheriff’s Office for help. The woman, identified by the CHP as Jessica Drizen of Oakland, became lost Saturday and used a cellphone to call 911.
It was determined that Drizen was near Showers Lake, south of South Lake Tahoe. She had proper equipment, provisions and a phone for use in emergencies, according to a news release from the CHP’s Valley Division Air Operations.
The CHP helicopter responded from the Sacramento area to the Showers Lake area and began the search. Within 10 to 15 minutes, the crew spotted Drizen’s reflective blanket on the snow and began circling Drizen. She was standing next to the blanket, according to the CHP.
The helicopter landed nearby and a crew member hiked over to Drizen. CHP officials said she was not injured and was in good spirits.
The crew flew her to the sheriff’s command post at the South Lake Tahoe Airport, where she was assisted by search and rescue personnel.