A Berkeley couple, reported missing Tuesday by a concerned parent when they did not return on schedule from a hike near Big Sur, were located by search and rescue teams later that day, according to the Monterey County Sheriff's Department.
Leif Meyer and Danielle Huber, both 22, began their hike into the Ventana Wilderness around noon on Monday. They had planned to hike back later that day, but Meyer fell late in the afternoon and sustained minor injuries to his face.
Although unequipped with camping or overnight gear, the couple decided to spend the night in the forest and hike out the next day because it was already getting dark, sheriff’s officials said.
Meyer’s father, Evan, reported his son missing around 1 a.m., Tuesday. The Monterey County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team located the pair at 10 a.m. Tuesday near Ventana Camp.
Both had sustained minor injuries, but refused medical attention.
Four sheriff’s deputies and six trained volunteers were involved in the search. According to a sheriff’s spokesman, any costs associated with the search may be charged to Alameda County.
Sgt. John DiCarlo of the Monterey County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team said hikers should stay aware of the time while hiking in wilderness areas. Also, they should prepare for the worst—even on a short trip—by bringing food, water and extra clothing in case temperatures drop, and should dress in the proper gear and footwear.
He added that hikers and campers should always let a friend or family member know where they are going and when they are expected to return, as Meyer did.
—John Geluardi and
Bay City News Service