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Solo Blind Elderly Man Prompts Rescues in Three Different National Parks

August 28 2004 at 1:05 PM
roger  (Login dipper)

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One elderly man who is legally blind and hikes alone has prompted search-and-rescue efforts in three national parks. Last month in California's Lassen Volcanic National Park, he was lost overnight and, the next day, a search team found him with injuries he suffered when he left the trail and fell down steep slides. He also was dehydrated from packing just a single bottle of water for his hike, records showed.
"He refuses to ... admit difficulty in locating the trail due to poor eyesight" despite the three incidents, a park report said.

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