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Arcadia Man Survives More Than 24 Hours in Canyon

San Dimas Mountain Rescue and Sierra Madre Search and Rescue assisted in the search for the missing 27-year-old.

A hiker reported missing Saturday was found Sunday evening in the San Gabriel Mountains above Azusa, a Los Angeles sheriff's sergeant said.

"The hiker found the road and the hiker and the searchers ran into each other," said Sgt. Rebecca Rodriquez in the San Dimas Sheriff's Station.

At about 7:20 p.m. Sunday, Danny Kim, 27, "walked up to one of our radio cars and he asked for a ride," Rodriquez said.

He was wearing only a light jacket, cargo pants and a T-shirt, on a very cold night. "He just hunkered down in the trees overnight and kept moving during the day," Rodriquez said.    

He had minor cuts and scrapes and hypothermia and was airlifted to USC Medical Center for treatment, she said.   

The Arcadia man became separated from his friends during a hike at 7 p.m. Saturday and the San Dimas Mountain Rescue and Sierra Madre Search and Rescue became involved in the search two hours later, Rodriquez said.

- City News Service

MtnManMike January 14, 2013 at 02:33 PM
This is a good reminder for hikers on our local trails: Whenever you go out on a hike, note the nighttime low temperatures, and take additional clothing that would allow you to spend the night outdoors. You never know if you may have to. A simple sprained ankle could turn into a severe case of hypothermia for a sweaty hiker. Be prepared!
lori blundell January 14, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Thank Goodness he was found safe and alive that is awesome. Lesson learned for future hikes.

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