A woman who became separated from her hiking group on Sunday spent a cold night out in high winds and icy conditions near Wellman Divide and she was rescued Monday morning by volunteers with the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit, a sheriff's sergeant said.
Deputies responded to a call for help in the area of the Palm Springs Aerial Tram at 10:12 p.m. Oct. 27, Sgt. Richard Beatty of the Cabazon Station said in a statement.
"The lone hiker, Wang Xiuyan, of Culver City, became separated from her hiking group and was in need of assistance," Beatty said. "State Park Rangers established a three person 'Hasty
Team' and attempted to respond to the hiker’s last known location."
to high winds and icy conditions they were unable to reach
the hiker until 8:05 a.m. Oct. 28, Beatty said. Members from the
Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit located Xiuyan in the area of Wellman Divide, about 9,600 feet elevation and three miles walk from the Tram's Mountain Station.
"Xiuyan was escorted back to her vehicle," Beatty said. "Xiuyan was
not injured and appeared to be in good spirits. Xiuyan did not require
"The Riverside County Sheriff's Department would like
to remind hiking enthusiasts to carry proper equipment for any outdoor
excursion," Beatty said. "Proper preparedness includes a well thought-out plan shared
with friends and family, as well as familiarity with common hiking
equipment, such as, G.P.S., maps and compasses."
For more info on being prepared in the mountains visit www.rmru.org.