A California driver lost in the Sierra Nevada mountains amid a heavy snowstorm was found safe after a week on the road, in response to authorities.
Harlan Earl was headed from Grass Valley to Truckee on Jan. 24, in response to the Sierra County Sheriff’s Workplace and native station KTXL.
His voyage coincided with a storm that “blanketed a lot of our excessive nation in 6 to eight ft of snow,” Nevada County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kress instructed the station.
Nobody had heard from him since, and his household knowledgeable authorities a week later, on Saturday.
Kress mentioned Earl managed to outlive for a week as a result of he was well-equipped with winter clothes, a camper and propane.
“He was very, very lucky to have the expertise and the tools to outlive out that timeframe,” Kress instructed the station. “Your regular one who did the identical factor of their car and bought snowed in proper earlier than this storm, I feel it’d be very uncommon for them to have the ability to as nicely for that size of time.”
They put collectively search events and checked throughout Freeway 49 from Nevada County by means of Yuba County and Sierra County — with no success, in response to authorities. Sierra County deputies and the California Freeway Patrol additionally looked for Earl.
On Saturday, a week after Earl went lacking, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Workplace acquired a 911 name from him, authorities mentioned.
“He was in a position to hike out from his truck camper through the use of snowboards strapped to his ft as snowshoes, as much as a excessive level to name 911,” Kress instructed the station.
The decision was dropped, however authorities detected the name got here from Earl and obtained his GPS location.
He was calling from a road that’s closed for the winter due to its publicity to heavy snowfall, authorities mentioned. His GPS had mistakenly decided it was the shortest route, as one other path was closed because of snow.
Earl was rescued by a helicopter crew and declined medical remedy.