By David Rogers. February 10, 2019. BLOWING ROCK, NC — An update from Sgt. Shane Robbins of Boone Police Department and serving as the Public Information Officer (PIO) for the China Creek Search over the weekend reports that Mr. Frank Sanady, 67, of Charlotte was brought by rescuers to the trailhead on Laurel Lane at approximately 5:10 pm Sunday evening.
As reported previously, Sanady embarked on a day hike around noon on Saturday, but had not returned by the early evening. Emergency Service agencies from three North Carolina counties (Watauga, Caldwell, and Ashe) responded to a missing persons call at approximately 6:30 pm Saturday, and searched throughout the night. At approximately 11:30 am on Sunday, a “hasty team” from Blowing Rock made contact with the lost hiker, who had wandered a good distance off the China Creek Trail, according to Robbins.
Mr. Sanady was found uninjured, but fatigued. After a first responder’s medical evaluation to determine the missing hiker’s physical condition, the rescuers guided him across and up the rugged terrain, back to the top of the gorge at the Laurel Lane entry point, Robbins reported.
The following emergency services agencies participated in the search and rescue operation:
- Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue
- Blowing Rock Police
- Boone Police
- Watauga County Emergency Management
- Caldwell County Emergency Management
- Collettsville Fire Department
- Linville Central Rescue
- Granite Falls Fire Department
- Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger
- NC Park Service
- NC Wildlife
- NC Emergency Management
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