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Hiker still missing in BP backcountry

August 2, 2012

Inyo County Search and Rescue teams are currently scouring the backcountry in search of a 60-year-old hiker who was reported missing at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
According to the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, Gary Dankworth, of Carson City, set out to climb Norman Clyde Peak above Big Pine Saturday.
Dankworth has black and gray hair and a moustache and was last seen wearing a light gray hat, tan long-sleeve shirt, light gray pants and red boots and was carrying a day pack.
In addition to Inyo County Search and Rescue, Montrose Search and Rescue, the China Lake Mountain Rescue Group and Kern County Search and Rescue are assisting in the search. Air support is being provided by the California Highway Patrol.
Anyone who was hiking in the middle Palisades Glacier area or Norman Clyde Peak and may have had contact with Dankworth is being asked to contact the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department at (760) 878-0383.
Last week, Mono County Search and Rescue Teams were dispatched to the John Muir Trail near Duck Lake to assist a sick Boy Scout who could not hike out of the backcountry.
According to Mono County Search and Rescue, the Sheriff’s Department was notified of a hiker with “severe abdominal pain” west of Duck Lake in Fresno County near the Fresno and Mono county line on Wednsday, July 25.
The Fresno County Sheriff’s Department sent a helicopter to the area in an attempt to find and extract the sick Boy Scout. After locating the party, the helicopter had to turn back because there were no nearby landing zones and rescue teams were losing light.
Unable to extract the hiker, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department requested assistance from the Mono County Search and Rescue Team.
A crew set out late Wednesday night to hike over Duck Pass to the Boy Scout’s location to obtain better information and prepare him for a rescue flight.
Thursday morning a CHP helicopter equipped with a winch was able to lower a cable from its hoist to the ground team and lift the Boy Scout about 100 feet to the helicopter.
The sick hiker was taken to the Fresno Airport, and transferred to a waiting ambulance.

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