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July 29, 2014
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Prospectors rescued from Mono canyon

Two prospectors, who became stranded on a rainy slope in Lundy Canyon northwest of Mono Lake, were rescued Monday.

According to the Mono County Sheriff’s Office, they received a call at around 12:30 p.m. that two brothers who climbed the canyon to work a mining claim became stranded in the rain.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jennifer Hansen said the brothers were carrying backpacks and tools. When the rain hit, they couldn’t go up or down safely. They were able to contact family members on a radio, who drove to the U.S. Forest Service fire station to call for help.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team responded with 11 members and climbed up above the two stranded men.

They belayed a team member down to the prospectors with harnesses and helmets. The men assisted in climbing to safety. They were then escorted down to the trailhead with no injuries.

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The Record Courier Updated Aug 23, 2014 09:18AM Published Jul 29, 2014 02:33PM Copyright 2014 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.