On Monday, December, 29th, 2014 at 1556 hours, Loraina Kunde called the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, to report her son, Skyler Harrah, was lost near Eskimo Hill in eastern Shasta County. Harrah was at Eskimo Hill with his family playing in the snow, when he went back to the car, in the parking lot. Harrah went the wrong direction when he left the parking lot to head back to his family. Harrah called his mother on his phone to tell her he was lost.
The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office dispatched patrol deputies to the location from Redding and Burney. The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team dispatched volunteers to the location to assist with the search. Due to inclement weather, the California Highway Patrol Helicopter was forced to turn back and was unable to search for Harrah. While searchers were en-route, Search and Rescue personnel were able to talk to Harrah on his phone.
Harrah was able to call 911, so SHASCOM could get his GPS location. Harrah was able to remain calm while talking on the phone with SAR personnel and update his condition. Harrah did a great job following directions and calling out for help.
At 1807 hours, Harrah was located by Sheriff’s Office personnel approximately ½ mile North West of the parking lot at Eskimo Hill. Harrah was cold and wet, but un-injured and did not require medical treatment. Harrah was reunited with his family back at the parking lot.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Search and Rescue Volunteers and deputies for responding, searching, locating and returning Harrah safely to their loved ones. They lived up to the Search and Rescue motto, “That others may live.”
The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind people who go to the snow to recreate, to wear the proper clothing and footwear, have extra food and water, maps, compass, GPS, cellphone and let people know where you are going. You should have a buddy with you and if you get lost, stay in one spot.
– Press Release