CHP helicopter rescues lost hikers, injured dog
PLACER COUNTY — Two Sacramento-area men had to rescue their dog and then, in turn, were rescued by a California Highway Patrol helicopter crew.
The chopper was crewed by two officers, pilot Bryan Souza and paramedic Kevin Neeley. They lifted off from Auburn Airport about 9 p.m. Sunday, when they got word that hikers were lost in Placer County.
The crew, using night-vision goggles and a night-vision camera, quickly found the lost hikers, Lenny Sciortino, 64, of Sacramento, and Dennis Marin, 63, of Roseville. One of the men was lying on a granite boulder and, when he saw the helicopter, jumped to his feet and began waving.
The men explained that they had been hiking with their dog, Buster, when the animal was spooked and ran off-trail. They chased Buster, and when they found him he had lame hind legs.
The helicopter took them to the Blue Canyon Airport, where they were helped by a Placer County Sheriff ’s deputy.