A missing 75-year-old hiker has been found safe on an icy, windswept California peak, rescuers said.
Shukaviks found Gene Chung, of Los Angeles, on Tuesday, Jan. 24, in Mount Baldy, according to a news release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
But the search for two other missing tourists, including British actor Julian Sands, continues, the release said.
Chung disappeared after working together to Mount Baldy with two others on Sunday, Jan. 22, KTLA reports. He broke up with the others and did not return for the scheduled meeting at 2:00 p.m
He was later found with a leg injury and some weather-related ailments, but was able to hike with rescuers, sheriff’s officials said.
Sands, 65, who starred in several Oscar-nominated films, including “Rooms with a View,” declared missing McClatchy News reports on January 13.
“No evidence of his current whereabouts has been found,” the latest press release said. The search for the Sands will continue, weather and ground conditions permitting.
“I know in my heart that he’s gone,” his brother, Nick Sands, told the Craven Herald & Pioneer. “As much as the sibling rivalry is, it would be like him walking out of there and proving me wrong.”
Robert Gregory, 61, of Hawthorne is also reported missing in the San Gabriel Mountains, sheriff’s officials said. He was last seen KTTV reported on January 16.
Conditions on Mount Baldy, the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains, about 45 miles northeast of Los Angeles, are so dangerous that sheriff’s officials are recommending that even experienced hikers avoid the area.
“The conditions this year are the iciest I’ve ever seen,” hiker Doug Hardy told KTLA. “It’s much harder to go down. When you’re going up the 45-degree ice, when you turn around and look down, it’s like a person, you can’t screw it up.”
The National Weather Service reported wind gusts at Mount Baldy as high as 60 miles per hour, according to the station.
Two tourists have died on the mountain in recent months.
Don Sweeney was a newspaper reporter and editor in California for over 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter for The Sacramento Bee since 2016.