Rescuer Dies While on Search for Missing Hiker – NBC Los Angeles

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A member of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue team died Saturday while searching for missing hiker Sree Mokkapati on Mount Baldy. 

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said in a tweet at 5:02 p.m. that a rescue team member was separated from his partner and found unresponsive after an air search. They have identified him as Timothy Staples, a volunteer for the West Valley Search and Rescue Team.

A medic was lowered to Staples but found him dead on ice and snow, according to officials.

Search operations for Mokkapati have been suspended and crews have been recalled from the mountain. 

Staples was a 9-year veteran of the search and rescue team, and was one of 126 people working in 23 teams searching large sections of the mountain for Mokkapati, the sheriff’s department said.



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