Strawberry, Ca — During an extensive search this morning, the Tuolumne County Search and Rescue Team successfully located 85-year-old Richard Chugg in the Summit Creek area near Relief Reservoir after he failed to return to his campsite following a fly fishing expedition Tuesday evening.
Deputy Paul Tualla says that the Sheriff´s Office was assisted by rescue personnel from Calaveras County and an Intermountain Helicopter.
?Mr. Chugg was located near Lower Relief Valley by a ground search team,? adds Tualla. ?If he had been out another night, he probably wouldn´t have survived. He suffered from dehydration, a possible broken wrist and hypothermia.?
It is not immediately known why Chugg did not return to his campsite.
Written by BJ Hansen