Stranded family rescued from snow

Stranded family rescued from snowBy BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writers

A family of four is home safe after being stranded in the snow. Rescuers were the Bakersfield Search and Rescue, and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, according to a KCSO release.

The family contacted the sheriff’s office the morning of Jan. 2 when they reported that they were stranded in two feet of snow after trying for hours to dig their vehicle out. The family, including two children, were offroading in the Dove Springs Off-Highway Vehicle area near Ridgecrest with their Polaris RZR.

After a tow truck was unable to reach the family, Bakersfield Search and Rescue personnel deployed in the early morning hours the following day with a Snowcat and were able to extract the family and the vehicle.

“With a lot of snow remaining in certain parts of Kern County, you’re reminded to be careful,” said the release, along with some tips for enjoying OHV areas:

• Make sure to check weather ahead of time

• Have extra food and supplies to stay warm (the RZR had a heater which lasted most of the night)

• Know your vehicle’s limits

• Have a cell phone and some type of GPS device (this family had a good idea of its location thanks to its GPS)

If you are off-roading or otherwise in the mountains, let people know where you are going and when you should be back.

Story First Published: 2020-01-10