Four hikers rescued near Diablo Canyon
July 3, 2013
The men, all from Riverside County, took off from Avila Beach on Monday for what they planned as a day hike. After becoming lost, they spent the night and tried to hike out the next morning, but were not able to find their way and eventually the men became separated.
At 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the men called 911. Approximately 50 people responded to the area including members of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff, Cal Fire, Diablo Canyon Fire, Diablo Canyon Security and the California Highway Patrol.
One of the hikers, David Root, 54, was considered at-risk because he was reportedly suffering from leukemia.
Rescuers discovered Todd Wallace, 42, and Thomas Baumbach, 56, sitting under a tree at approximately 6:10 p.m. About an hour later, rescuers spotted the other two hikers, Ron Jennings, 52, and Root, walking beside a trail.
Paramedics treated the four for dehydration at the scene.