Yesterday, at approximately 12:45 p.m., ground search crews located 44-year-old Richard Gates, a hiker who had been reported missing in the Ragged Point area of San Luis Obispo County.
Gates had left home on Saturday to go hiking, and when he did not return, his wife filed a missing person report on Sunday.
Search and rescue crews from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, Santa Barbara, Kern, Monterey and Ventura counties began looking for Gates. They were joined by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office K9 units and Aero Squadron. Gates had apparently fallen off the trail and could not get back to it. Gates was found, uninjured, northeast of Ragged Point.
A CHP helicopter airlifted him to the Ragged Point Inn where he was reunited with his family.