Volunteer found after missing more than 24 hours

11:40 PM, Jul 8, 2012   |    comments
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EL DORADO COUNTY -- A Shingle Springs man is found alive after being missing for more than 24 hours near Wrights Lake.

El Dorado County Search and Rescue teams searched for 65-year old Chris Chaloupka, the missing U.S. Forest Service volunteer Saturday and Sunday before locating him shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday.

El Dorado County Sheriff's Deputy Matt Cathey told News10 that a team heard a whistle in a distance and then brought in a search dog who located him. Once found he was said to be sitting up and talking but that he was unable to walk his own.

Cathey told News Ten a Calstar rescue helicopter used night vision goggles to land near the injured man's location where he was then taken to a hospital to be checked out.

It wasn't immediately clear what injuries he had suffered to his legs.

According to Lt. Tim Becker, 65-year-old Chris Chaloupka went out with a group of four other volunteers Saturday to do trail maintenance in and around Wrights Lake. The group returned at 5:30 p.m. and noticed he wasn't there.

Chaloupka was last seen approximately two miles up a well marked trail from a vehicle parking area near the end of Wrights Lake Road.

On Saturday night, the US Forest Service formed their own search to look for him before heading back and alerting the sheriff's department he was missing. That was at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Deputies and approximately 30 El Dorado County Sheriff's Office Volunteer Search and Rescue personnel searched the area throughout the night and resumed the search on Sunday morning. They also used search dogs and a plane to assist them.












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