Injured hiker found in Sierra National Forest


The Marin County Sheriff’s Office’s search and rescue team helped locate and rescue a missing hiker in the Sierra National Forest in Fresno County Aug. 29.

The volunteer team heard the missing hiker, Miyuki Harwood, 62, of Orangevale, blow a whistle, and with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team found her injured and not far from where she was last seen on Aug. 20, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Doug Pittman said.

The Marin County team gave her first aid for a broken leg and carried her one-quarter mile to a landing area where a California Highway Patrol helicopter flew her out of the forest, Pittman said.

Harwood was injured the day she disappeared and survived by crawling to the Courtright Reservoir and scooping water into a bottle with a filter, Fresno County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Botti said.

Harwood was taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.

In a statement, her family said she thanks the search and rescue teams from several counties who looked for her and those who prayed and expressed concern on her behalf.

The family said Harwood had surgery to set the broken bones in her lower left leg. The family said she is in good spirits but is exhausted and wants uninterrupted rest and quiet.

Harwood, an experienced hiker, was with a Sierra Club hiking group from the Sacramento area when she became separated from the group, which set out on Aug. 18 in the Sierra National Forest about 100 miles northeast of Fresno.

Smoke from the nearby 60,238-acre Rough Fire hampered helicopter searches Aug. 28. The fire is about 25 percent contained, Botti said Aug. 31.

Search and rescue teams from San Mateo, Monterey and Contra Costa counties also sent teams to look for Harwood.

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