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Stranded Montaña de Oro hiker found unhurt, airlifted to safety

Hiker rescued from peak in Montana de Oro State Park

San Luis Obispo Search and Rescue personnel hiked to the San Luis Obispo man and stayed with him overnight. A California Highway Patrol helicopter airlifted hiker from peak and returned to pick up rescuers.
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San Luis Obispo Search and Rescue personnel hiked to the San Luis Obispo man and stayed with him overnight. A California Highway Patrol helicopter airlifted hiker from peak and returned to pick up rescuers.

A hiker who was stranded in Montaña de Oro State Park on Saturday was airlifted to safety Sunday morning.

Cody Lydy, 27, of San Luis Obispo, became disoriented near Allen Peak on the park’s easternmost edge during a Saturday morning hike, State Parks supervising ranger Dale Kinney said. Lydy later called his family to report that he was lost, and a family member called 911 about 2:45 p.m., Kinney said.

A California Highway Patrol helicopter spotted Lydy about 5 p.m. Saturday, but heavy cloud cover and lack of daylight forced crews to abandon their initial plan to airlift him.

Instead, three search and rescue crews from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office hiked through the park to reach Lydy, who was lost in a canyon area covered with thick brush, Kinney said. They reached Lydy about midnight.

A hiker who was stranded in Montaña de Oro State Park on Saturday, February 4, 2017, was airlifted to safety Sunday morning. Here is footage of the rescue from the view of the California Highway Patrol helicopter. The 27-year-old hiker had became

Lydy did not suffer any injuries, but was dehydrated when crews found him, Kinney said.

Authorities had planned to airlift Lydy at 9 a.m. Sunday, but heavy fog forced the helicopter to stay on the ground for a few hours. Just before noon, Lydy was flown to Spooner’s Cove, where authorities had gathered to plan the rescue, and was reunited with his family.

Correction: An earlier version of this story contained a misspelling of Lydy’s last name.

Tribune reporter Mark Powell contributed to this story.

Gabby Ferreira: 805-781-7858, @Its_GabbyF

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