CHP he­li­copter res­cues lost hik­ers, in­jured dog

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Page Two -

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.

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