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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SEARCH AND RESCUE RESPONDS TO FEATHER FALLS TO SEARCH FOR MISSING TEENS

Wednesday, January 16, 2019/Categories: Press Release

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January 16, 2019

BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SEARCH AND RESCUE RESPONDS TO FEATHER FALLS TO SEARCH FOR MISSING TEENS

Butte County, Ca—On January 15, 2019 at approximately 6:15PM, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a call from a teenager reporting that he had been hiking in the Feather Falls area with four friends, but two of his friends were missing. The teenager reported that the additional teens had been missing for four hours.

BCSO Search and Rescue responded to the Feather Falls area, made contact with the reporting party, and began searching the area. The weather made searching difficult, but by 11PM the search team had visually located the two missing teens 200 feet down the Feather Falls overlook.

Cal Fire, in addition to Butte EMS, responded to assist in the rescue. During the process of the rescue, members of the search team lowered a walkie talkie down to the teens in addition to blankets and food. The walkie talkie was used by the search team to communicate with the teens, and gave a way for family standing by to hear their voices.

The search team worked throughout the night, and by 5:25AM on January 16 the first teen was brought to safety. The second teen was rescued soon after. Both teens were medically evaluated at the scene and reunited with family.

This situation could have ended much differently. We have many beautiful areas to explore in Butte County, but it is important to take weather into consideration. Please be cautious, make safety a priority, and always be prepared.

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