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News - March 15, 2017

Woodside: Hiker, 56, OK following rescue from ravine

A hiker who went missing Thursday afternoon, March 9, in unincorporated Woodside was found alive and well Saturday morning, a San Mateo County sheriff's spokesman said.

Bethnee Haury, 56, was found at about 10:30 a.m. about 200 feet down in a ravine and about 600 yards from Skyline Boulevard, which was the nearest road.

She had been last seen at about 4 p.m. Thursday on Skyline Boulevard by someone who lives or works in the area, according to the Sheriff's Office.

She suffers from dementia and is dependent on insulin.

But the person who saw her Thursday afternoon told deputies that she looked OK.

Sheriff's spokesman Detective Salvador Zuno said at some point she must have become disoriented and hiked into the ravine.

A search team called out her name Saturday morning and she and her Australian shepherd Camaro, who was with her, answered.

Besides some bumps and bruises and being tired and dehydrated, Ms. Haury was OK, according to Zuno.

"She a very tough lady," he said. Rescuers gave her water and a snack and she was airlifted to a hospital.

Camaro was also given water and a snack The dog was checked out and found to be fine.

"This is very happy ending," Detective Zuno said.

Search teams started looking for Ms. Haury on Thursday after her husband called the Sheriff's Office at about 7:30 p.m. to report that she had not returned from a hike.

She, her husband and son are Bay Area residents who were staying at a bed and breakfast when she left for the hike at about 1:30 p.m.

The family had been traveling on vacation, Detective Zuno said.

The San Mateo County Search and Rescue team and the Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit, professional volunteer search teams, searched for her around-the-clock from Thursday into Friday morning, according to Detective Zuno.

Except for a search by air, which went on into the night, rescuers went home at dusk on Friday and resumed the search at about 6 a.m. Saturday.

The teams used search dogs and off-road vehicles and later added a

helicopter and sheriff's air unit.

— Bay City News Service


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