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Monday, Feb 25 2013 06:24 AM

Tehachapi Search and Rescue team helps in rescue near Glennville

Volunteers from Tehachapi Search and Rescue team joined others from the county late yesterday afternoon in a successful search for two men and a ten-year-old boy who became lost in the mountains while paling in the snow near Highway 155 and the Jameson Ranch in the Glennville area.

The Kern County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Unit was notified about the trio at about 4:30 p.m. yesterday. The three were playing in the snow with several family members when the ten-year-old became separated from the group.

The men — Jose Ramirez, 36, and Miguel Valenzuela, 41, left the group to search for the missing child.

The adults became lost after losing contact with the main group and were unable to use their cell phone due to the terrain. The sun was beginning to set and temperatures were dropping into the freezing range.
Volunteers from the Tehachapi, Kern Valley, Glennville and Bakersfield Search and Rescue teams responded to the call.  Deputies from the Sheriff's Office Air Support Unit responded the the area with a helicopter to assist with the ground unit search.  

The helicopter crew located the juvenile and Valenzuela, while ground units located Ramirez.  All three subjects were approximately 1.5 miles from their last known location.

The lost subjects did not need medical aid and they were reunited with their families.

Earlier in the afternoon the KCSO Search and Rescue Unit was notified of two subjects stuck in the snow on Breckenridge Road. The subjects, Gary Simmons and Kimberly Cooter, were driving over the Breckenridge summit when their 2010 Jeep Wrangler became stuck in the snow. They were able to use a cell phone to call for help.

Volunteers from the Kern Valley and Bakersfield Search and Rescue teams responded to that call. The Kern Valley Team came in from Caliente Bodfish Road with an Argo, which is a eight wheel, tracked, all terrain vehicle.

The Bakersfield Team responded from the west with two tracked snow vehicles.

Both teams made it to the stranded vehicle and Simmons and Cooter were assisted down the mountain to safety.

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