Couple rescued after being stranded by snow in California cabin for two months

The pair and their dog were flown to safety by helicopter

Jade Bremner
Friday 04 February 2022 16:40 GMT
(California Highway Patrol)
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A couple and their dog have finally been rescued, after being stuck in a California cabin in the woods since 6 December, due to snow.

With dwindling supplies, the pair was rescued by helicopter on Tuesday, after downed trees and heavy snow prevented them from leaving the area.

The exact location of the remote cabin was unknown, but the rescue was dealt with by the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office, in Downieville. Elevations in the Sierra Nevada region can reach more than 4,000 metres The helicopter landed in “very strong winds” said police, but “the pair and their dog were flown in a H-20 to a landing zone”.

Footage from the helicopter, shared by California Highway Patrol, showed heavy snowfall around the cabin. Snowfall in the High Sierras causes regular road closures during the winter months.

If you are going to spend a long time in remote areas, make sure you have enough supplies. In areas where there is no electricity or cellphone reception always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back – and let them know when you are back safe. It’s advisable to take a satellite phone in case of emergencies if going off-grid.

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