EXTRACTED: Missing hiker pulled from Mayview Gorge

EXTRACTED: Missing hiker pulled from Mayview Gorge
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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
  • Jordan Nelson with Nelson Aerials


About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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