Man Found in Sequoia and Kings Canyon

Car had tumbled down a cliff

Wildwood Trail in June 2008.     Photo: Wikimedia Commons

A California man whose vehicle tumbled down a steep mountainside in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks was found alive five days later. Family members of the 63-year-old man reported him missing on May 28, but with little information available about his plans or where he disappeared, the search was effectively stalled, the National Parks Traveler reports.

Late Thursday of last week, the man's family members suggested officials search the Sequoia and Kings Canyon. Video records confirmed he had entered the park's southern entrance, and a full-scale search was begun.

By June 1, a total of 42 park employees were deployed when a searcher aboard a helicopter spotted the man's car 300 feet down a mountainside near a popular vista. The vehicle was essentially invisible from the road due to the thick brush. After a rescue aided by helicopter, the man was transported by ground ambulance to a hospital.

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