was called early Saturday morning to
assist Desert Search and Rescue, Palm
Springs Mounted Police, and Tribal
Rangers in the search for 53-year-old
Alan Note of New Jersey. Note had
gone hiking in the Indian Canyons area of
the Agua Caliente Reservation near Palm
Springs on Friday afternoon and was
reported missing at 5:30 Friday evening.
There were concerns for his safety since
was wearing shorts and a light Jacket and
tempuratures dropped into the 40s during
the search. Note had become disoriented
and ended up spending a very cold night
in Murray Canyon. After wandering off the
trail Note ended up in the canyon where
he was unable
to go forward or back. Note was
spotted by air at 9:30 am around the
1,800 foot level but due to the difficult
terrain and the narrow canyon it took
several hours to get rescuers into
position by air and on the ground.
A California Highway Patrol aircrew
long-lined Note to safety and he was
reported to be in good condition and did
not require immediate medical attention.
present: Gene Baune; Jim Fairchild;
Darrell Bell; Ray Hussey; Kurt Sullivan;
Steve Bryant; Travis Henderson, and
Desert Search and Rescue.