(CNN)A volunteer rescue employee died Saturday whilst seeking for a hiker on Mount Baldy in California, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office explained.
Timothy Staples, of the West Valley Research and Rescue crew, was amid individuals hunting for Sreenivas “Sree” Mokkapati, a fifty two-year-aged described missing December 8 although mountaineering to the Mount Baldy summit.
At 1 p.m. neighborhood time Saturday, Staples’ associate said on the radio they had grow to be divided from every other, the sheriff’s section explained in a news release.
A helicopter from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Place of work responded and located Staples unresponsive “in an spot of ice and snow,” the sheriff explained.
A medic was decreased to Staples, 32, but he was presently lifeless, the sheriff’s division explained.
The West Valley Look for and Rescue group explained on Facebook that Staples died “after a terrible slide.”
The sheriff’s office stated the investigation into his loss of life is ongoing.
Staples was a “devoted volunteer” for 9 decades, the sheriff’s division mentioned.
The look for for Mokkapati has been suspended when the operation is “reevaluated,” the sheriff’s office stated.
Last week, the US Forest Company shut components of Mount Baldy to assist teams discover Mokkapati. The sheriff’s place of work explained him as “an professional hiker” who experienced been on the mountain a lot of situations.
He was reported missing immediately after he was divided from three some others. They noted Mokkapati missing just after returning to their vehicle, the sheriff’s office beforehand explained.
Mokkapati expected the tour to very last a day and had handful of provides.
On Tuesday, the sheriff’s division described snow at 7,000 to 7,five hundred toes in the area and waist-deep at some elevations.