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Two Adults, Four Children Rescued in Wilderness

County Crew Responds to Back-to-Back Incidents


Tuesday, June 25, 2013
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Members of the county’s Search and Rescue (SBCSAR) team rescued six Santa Barbara residents — including four children — in two separate incidents Sunday evening.

The first occurred when a motorcyclist riding near Divide Peak lost his bike over the side of a cliff on a hairpin turn. Unable to reach the motorcycle, he called 911 for help. Six SBCSAR members responded, using off-road vehicles to access the location 12 miles from a paved road. They recovered the bike and helped the man back to his car on East Camino Cielo Road.

At around the same time, the SBCSAR team received a call of five lost hikers, including four children (ages 14, 10, 6, and 5) on the Romero Canyon Trail. Two of the SBCSAR members on the motorcycle call, accompanied by four more rescuers, located the group and helped them hike out of the area. The hikers were then transported back to their vehicle at the Romero Canyon trailhead.

The SBCSAR team — which consists of 33 members, including 25 EMTs — is an all-volunteer unit of the Sheriff’s Office. They’re on call 24/7.

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THANK YOU to these wonderful men and women who volunteer to do this work!

elaz (anonymous profile)
June 25, 2013 at 11:15 a.m. (Suggest removal)

thanks to these amazing volunteers from SBCSARS!
Divide Peak can be tough riding, hope the guy's OK. But it is a bit difficult to imagine actually getting "lost" on Romero Cyn Trail, unless they went offtrail or...? And no, spiritwalker, your negative vibes are all wrong, there won't be a fee.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
June 25, 2013 at 1:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I've dumped my dirt bike on the way out to Divide Peak, but never over the side. That rider was a looong way from the parking lot.

I'm also puzzled how anyone could get lost on Romero Canyon?

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
June 25, 2013 at 11:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

perhaps the hikers went up Romero Trail, and then at the fire road they took it down...it takes about 2x as long and is pretty gnarly...and with 5- and 6-year-olds possibly going slow...they phoned in. It would be nice to know where they were found.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
June 26, 2013 at 3:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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