Firefighters rescue hikers from Bishop Peak
October 20, 2014
Two fire agencies teamed up with an air rescue service to save a couple hikers who lost track of time and their location Saturday evening on Bishop Peak in San Luis Obispo.
Around 8 p.m., the San Luis Obispo Fire Department received a call from two college-aged students who were trapped on the North Face of Bishop Peak. They said that they were uninjured, but they could not safely find their way back to the trail in the dark.
Earlier in the day, the pair had climbed to a lookout spot at the top of a climbing face of the peak.
San Luis Obispo firefighters responded along with a CalFire crew and a helicopter operated by the nonprofit rescue service, CalStar. The San Luis Obispo dispatch center used cell phone towers to approximate the location of the two, and the victims’ cell phone light aided the search process.
Emergency personnel rescued the pair and brought them down to the trail around 10:45 p.m. No injuries occurred during the rescue, and authorities did not issue any citations. However, in some cases of rescues necessitated by neglectful actions, the victims are charged.
The rescue effort involved three engines, two battalion chiefs, 15 firefighters and the lone helicopter.