Two Off Road Motorists Rescued in Los Padres Forest near Frazier Park

Frazier Park (Friday, Nov. 13 9:40 a.m.)—The Kern County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit has just released a report of finding two stranded off road recreational motorists in the Sequoia Ridge area of the Los Padres National Forest near Frazier Park.

On November 12th, 2009 at about 4:15 P.M. the Kern County Sheriff’s Office received a report that two off-road motorists had become stranded.

The two motorists, David Burr and Luke Kalarickal, both 34 years of age, had been driving offroad and the vehicle they were operating become stranded and disabled.

The two then walked to an area where they were able to make cell phone contact with the California Highway Patrol. The California High Patrol notified the Sheriff’s Office Communications Center, and the Communications Center was able to make cell phone contact with Mr. Burr. He was able to provide a description of the area they were stranded, and also reported that neither he or Mr. Kalarickal were equipped with either cold weather gear or food, however they did have water. Mr. Burr indicated they would return to the vehicle because of the cold weather conditions to await assistance.

Frazier Park Search and Rescue began an immediate search operation, however were unable to reach the area due to the terrain. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit responded and began search operations. Due to cloudy conditions, the Air Support Unit was unable to respond to assist with the search.

Search and Rescue volunteers continued searching for the two men throughout the night, however were unable to locate them. At about 8:30 this morning, the two were located at their vehicle by Search and Rescue members. The two men were reported in good condition, and are being transported out of the area.


This is part of the November 06, 2009 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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