Three hikers missing in the Big Bear area for more than three days were found Tuesday by a San Bernardino County sheriff's helicopter, officials said.
Ryan Shankles and Miguel De La Torre of Oceanside and David Yoder of Carlsbad were found at 10:15 a.m. in the North Fork Meadows area close to the Mineshaft Campground, said Cindy Bachman, a Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman.
“They appear to be in good condition and were just reunited with their families,” Bachman said. “All three of them were on foot when the pilot and observer saw them and advised them to stay where they were.”
The chopper crew led ground search crews to the three men before they were brought back to the helicopter and flown to Heartbar Campground, where they were greeted by jubilant family members.
“All three were able to get out of the helicopter on their own,” Bachman said.
The men had set out on a hike Saturday morning on Fish Creek Trail to Mt. San Gorgonio. A friend reported them missing to a Big Bear sheriff’s station on Sunday morning. The man said the three had intended to reach the summit of Mt. San Gorgonio during a day hike, taking food and water.