Atascadero hiker found uninjured
January 22, 2013
The Atascadero man who went missing while hiking near Ragged Point was found uninjured Monday morning.
Richard Gates, 44, of Atascadero left around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday to go hiking near Ragged Point. He was equipped with survival gear including a water filtration device to maintain hydration.
Gates fell from the trail and could not get back to it. He followed the proper procedures for survival by staying in place and waiting to be rescued. Went he did not return home his wife reported him as missing.
Search and Rescue crews from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, Santa Barbara, Kern, Monterey and Ventura counties began searching for Gates Sunday at 6 p.m.
Gates was found, uninjured, northeast of Ragged Point. A California Highway Patrol helicopter airlifted him to the Ragged Point Inn where he was reunited with his family.
Officials noted that a special thanks goes out to the Ragged Point Inn for providing space for a command post and for hosting Gates’ family, all of which contributed to his safe return.