Missing Los Osos man rescued from steep ravine

A Los Osos man with dementia who went missing Thursday was found in a steep ravine and had to be airlifted to safety Friday, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office said.

Sheriff’s deputies, detectives and the search and rescue team looked for Daniel Alan Arndt, 69, through the night Thursday and into Friday morning after he was reported missing about 9:10 p.m. He had last been seen walking from his home on the 2900 block of Clark Valley Road about 2 p.m., according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

Searchers found him about 12:30 p.m. Friday in a steep ravine near Jacaranda Lane after calling his name and hearing him respond. The area where Arndt was found is steep and filled with poison oak, and crews used a California Highway Patrol helicopter to airlift him to safety.

Arndt’s vital signs were weak, but he was given some fluids and began to respond positively, the Sheriff’s Office said. He was taken to a local hospital for a checkup.

Sheriff Ian Parkinson issued a statement of thanks to those who helped find Arndt, especially volunteers with the search and rescue unit.

Lindsey Holden: 805-781-7939, @lindseyholden27