79-year-old mushroom picker found safe after 2 days
By Staff and AP reports
RANDLE, WA (KPTV) -
A missing 79-year-old mushroom picker who had been lost since Sunday morning was found near a search and rescue base camp Tuesday.
Dapeng Yang, of Tacoma, became separated from his family around 10:30 a.m. Sunday while picking mushrooms off Forest Service Road 26, which is about 10 miles south of Randle.
More than 48 hours later, search and rescue teams found Yang in good condition. An ambulance took him to Morton General Hospital for treatment of dehydration. Though he's exhausted, he did not have any signs of obvious injuries, officials said.
Deputies said it's not known why Yang didn't respond to search and rescue teams who were blowing whistles and yelling his name.
The Lewis County Sheriff described it as "an incredible ending."
"Neither this man's family nor our search and rescue team gave up hope," said Sheriff Steve Mansfield. "Our teams worked tirelessly for the last 48 hours in hopes of finding this man alive."
Yang had a backpack and water but was not prepared to camp overnight. He carried a cigarette lighter and could light a fire, but no smoke was seen.
More than 30 people were involved in the search Tuesday.
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Thursday, July 31 2014 11:57 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:57:19 GMT
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