Endurance athlete rescued from Dripping Springs area near Temecula

TEMECULA – Sheriff’s deputies spent two hours assisting the U.S. Forest Service in the search for a runner near the Dripping Springs campground near Temecula who was four hours overdue until the man followed a California Highway Patrol airplane to the trailhead, a sheriff’s sergeant said today.

The search began at 4:30 p.m. Sunday when the 56-year-old man from Winchester was reported more than four hours overdue from a three-hour run, said Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Marc Cloutier.

”With the assistance from the California Highway Patrol’s fixed wing aircraft and personnel from the U.S. Forest Service, the athlete effected a self-rescue and returned to the trail head at 6:30 p.m.,” Cloutier said. ”Heat exhaustion and a lack of water preparedness were factors in the incident.”

The man is a competitive endurance athlete, he said.

One Response to "Endurance athlete rescued from Dripping Springs area near Temecula"

  1. tdave   July 17, 2014 at 8:23 am

    We hike out at DS, a lot. I thought about going out on Sunday, but looked at the forecast and decided to watch the World Cup final, instead. The slopes out there are nominally north-facing, but at this time of the year the sun can be really intense. It’s mostly scrub, very little shade. Glad he made it back under his own power, not everyone does.


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