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CHP Chopper Rescues Grandmother Seperated from Grandchildren on Hike

A woman who took her two grandchildren hiking on Tuesday got separated from the pair, prompting a California Highway Patrol helicopter rescue. Dorothy Klishevich continued hiking with her 7-month-old puppy, Pluto, even after her grandchildren got ahead of her. But as the day progressed, and she still couldn’t find the children — ages 12 and 13 — Klishevich used her cellphone to call 911. The trio had started their day in the Lake Valley area, about 20 miles west of Truckee, according to a CHP news release. Just after 4:10 p.m., the Placer County Sheriff’s Department requested help from a CHP search-and-rescue helicopter. The pilot arrived from the Auburn Airport about 25 minutes later, and broadcast over a loudspeaker for Klishevich to call 911.


The area is very rural, with granite boulders, trees and many small unnamed lakes. Klishevich was able to hear the announcement, and dialed 911. She relayed her location to a dispatcher and eventually, the helicopter pilot found her. Pilot officer Mark Uhlenburg landed the chopper on top of a granite slab, then a crew hiked just a quarter-mile to Klishevich — who wasn’t hurt. The helicopter took Klishevich and Pluto to the west side of Lake Valley Reservoir. The grandchildren had found their way back to Klishevich’s pickup, where they awaited help near the trail head.

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