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Posted on: March 12, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Lost Hikers Turned Search and Rescue Operation


Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release: Lost Hikers Turned Search and Rescue Operation
Station Area:Thermal
Written Date:March 12, 2020
Time:7:00 PM
Incident Date:March 12, 2020
Time:2:06 PM
Incident Location: Box Canyon x Painted Canyon, Mecca, CA
Reporting Officer: Sgt. William Fiebig
File Number(s): C20072029 / 032 / 038

On Thursday, March 12, 2020, at 2:06 PM, deputies received several calls from hikers stranded in the area of Box Canyon and Painted Canyon.  Deputies responded to Box Canyon and found the area flooded and impassible.  CHP H60 responded to the area to assist.  Nine hikers and two dogs were rescued from the flooding.  None of the rescued hikers or first responders were injured or required medical treatment.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department encourages you to monitor the latest up-to-date weather alert forecasts and potential flash flooding warnings when traveling and for all outdoor recreational activities.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is seeking applicants for Deputy Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff Trainee, Correctional Deputy, Sheriff’s 911 Communications Officer, and other employment opportunities such as clerical and support positions.  If you are interested in a career with us, please apply at or call 1-888-Join-RSD

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