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Palo Alto woman found safe after missing for two days in Sierra National Forest

Jolly Bose survived below freezing conditions, located without any injuries

After going missing for 48 hours and weathering 5 inches of new snow in the Sierra National Forest, a Palo Alto woman was found safe by a search and rescue team on Tuesday, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said.

Jolly Bose, 49, of Palo Alto, was separated from her hiking group near Lake Huntington in Fresno County on Oct. 17, 2021. She was located two days later. Courtesy Fresno County Sheriff's Office.

Jolly Bose, 49, was reported missing on Sunday afternoon after becoming separated from her hiking group near Huntington Lake at a ridge east of White Bark Vista and Dusy Ershim Trail, according to a press release.

Bose was found 48 hours later, about 4.5 miles from the ridge near Ershim Lake, which is located in Fresno County. The sheriff's office deployed 35 deputies and volunteers with a search and rescue team that worked "each day, around the clock," according to the release.

Aline Reach, a close friend of Bose who was in contact with Bose's boyfriend, said on Facebook Tuesday afternoon that the 49-year-old was airlifted out of the area.

Bose was airlifted out of the area by helicopter on early Tuesday afternoon, according to the Sheriff's Office.

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The sheriff's office deployed several resources for the search, including planes, drones, horses, helicopters, jeeps and ATVs, according to the release. The agency also received assistance from Yosemite National Park, the California Office of Emergency Services and the Marin County Sheriff's Office's SAR team.

The search area was at an elevation of more than 10,000 feet with snowy, icy conditions, the sheriff's office said. During that time, Bose had to suffer through 5 inches of new snow and temperatures ranging from 13 to 19 degrees, according to the sheriff's Public Information Officer Tony Botti.

Bose was uninjured and did not require any medical attention, the press release stated.

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Palo Alto woman found safe after missing for two days in Sierra National Forest

Jolly Bose survived below freezing conditions, located without any injuries

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Tue, Oct 19, 2021, 6:10 pm
Updated: Wed, Oct 20, 2021, 1:23 pm

After going missing for 48 hours and weathering 5 inches of new snow in the Sierra National Forest, a Palo Alto woman was found safe by a search and rescue team on Tuesday, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said.

Jolly Bose, 49, was reported missing on Sunday afternoon after becoming separated from her hiking group near Huntington Lake at a ridge east of White Bark Vista and Dusy Ershim Trail, according to a press release.

Bose was found 48 hours later, about 4.5 miles from the ridge near Ershim Lake, which is located in Fresno County. The sheriff's office deployed 35 deputies and volunteers with a search and rescue team that worked "each day, around the clock," according to the release.

Aline Reach, a close friend of Bose who was in contact with Bose's boyfriend, said on Facebook Tuesday afternoon that the 49-year-old was airlifted out of the area.

Bose was airlifted out of the area by helicopter on early Tuesday afternoon, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office deployed several resources for the search, including planes, drones, horses, helicopters, jeeps and ATVs, according to the release. The agency also received assistance from Yosemite National Park, the California Office of Emergency Services and the Marin County Sheriff's Office's SAR team.

The search area was at an elevation of more than 10,000 feet with snowy, icy conditions, the sheriff's office said. During that time, Bose had to suffer through 5 inches of new snow and temperatures ranging from 13 to 19 degrees, according to the sheriff's Public Information Officer Tony Botti.

Bose was uninjured and did not require any medical attention, the press release stated.

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Ken Toyama
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Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 20, 2021 at 8:52 am
Ken Toyama, Duveneck/St. Francis
Registered user
on Oct 20, 2021 at 8:52 am

I was one of the hikers who were hiking with Jolly before we were separated.

Here successful rescue was the best possible outcome out of possibly a very dire situation involving new snow and sub-freezing temperature.

Kudo and appreciation to the Fresno Search & Rescue team with their dedication and service. Some of Jolly's hiking friends are making donations to Fresno Search & Rescue - the donation can be made on their web site Web Link


ALB
Registered user
College Terrace
on Oct 20, 2021 at 11:49 am
ALB, College Terrace
Registered user
on Oct 20, 2021 at 11:49 am

Grateful Bose is safe and sound. October at these elevations can be more than challenging with freezing temperatures. Glad she was rescued.


TheMcGuires
Registered user
another community
on Oct 21, 2021 at 12:20 am
TheMcGuires, another community
Registered user
on Oct 21, 2021 at 12:20 am

Hopefully Ms Bose or someone in her hiking party will take this opportunity to make this a learning opportunity for all of us who hike in the big spaces we have at our disposal: "don't do this, or that, or this other thing"! And "be prepared for the worst by having X, Y & Z".

Also, if Ms Bose did even just a few things right, let's hear about every one of those, as they may have made all the difference in her outcome. Journalists, this is for you to do now!

Thanks in advance.


Virginia Smedberg
Registered user
Old Palo Alto
on Oct 21, 2021 at 4:26 am
Virginia Smedberg, Old Palo Alto
Registered user
on Oct 21, 2021 at 4:26 am

I agree w/ McGuires - I 'd love to know what she did right to survive! also what the party thinks happened that they got separated. Please ask if they'd be willing to divulge info to the rest of us so we can learn from their experience! I've twice been separated briefly from a hiking partner and it's a scary feeling - and in cold weather it's especially dangerous (one of the times I was thinking: what do I have in MY pack, of the things we were sharing on the trip, that will keep me alive til we reconnect)
AND donos to those S&R guys are definitely a good idea. They save us from our mistakes!


jhskrh
Registered user
Community Center
on Oct 22, 2021 at 2:30 pm
jhskrh, Community Center
Registered user
on Oct 22, 2021 at 2:30 pm

“Got separated”? Could you elaborate on that? The search area was at an elevation of more than 10,000 feet with snowy, icy conditions. How did she get separated? Were these people experienced? Thankfully none of 35 deputies or volunteers were injured.


jhskrh
Registered user
Community Center
on Oct 22, 2021 at 2:37 pm
jhskrh, Community Center
Registered user
on Oct 22, 2021 at 2:37 pm

Experienced hikers in these conditions would be taking headcount frequently. Who is paying for this rescue operation?

“The sheriff's office deployed several resources for the search, including planes, drones, horses, helicopters, jeeps and ATVs, according to the release. The agency also received assistance from Yosemite National Park, the California Office of Emergency Services and the Marin County Sheriff's Office's SAR team.”


Me
Registered user
Palo Alto High School
on Oct 22, 2021 at 8:18 pm
Me, Palo Alto High School
Registered user
on Oct 22, 2021 at 8:18 pm

I'm really tired of these hikers getting lost and we the taxpayers have to pay for their stupidity. They should have to pay back the cost of finding them or spend time in community service.


TheMcGuires
Registered user
another community
on Oct 22, 2021 at 10:26 pm
TheMcGuires, another community
Registered user
on Oct 22, 2021 at 10:26 pm

I suggested in my earlier post that this is GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY for any journalist, anywhere nearby, to list the Do's & Don'ts, whether from interviews w/Ms. Bose, her companions, or another source, as these very dangerous months occur every year.

If that does not happen, I hope someone, even a reader, will post lists covering something similar from the Sierra Club, REI, or wilderness guidebooks. A new bunch of outdoors people matures, & explores, constantly; & always they need to find the cautionary tales, in any place they may happen to find them, if even by accident, to stay alive!


TheMcGuires
Registered user
another community
on Oct 22, 2021 at 10:30 pm
TheMcGuires, another community
Registered user
on Oct 22, 2021 at 10:30 pm

I suggested in my earlier post that this is GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY for any journalist, anywhere nearby, to list the Do's & Don'ts, whether from interviews w/Ms. Bose, her companions, or another source, as these very dangerous months occur every year.

I will be disappointed if all in this party are too embarrassed by their outcome to be open to interviews. as much good could come from their lessons.

If that does not happen, though, I hope someone, even a reader, will post lists covering something similar from the Sierra Club, REI, or wilderness guidebooks.

A new bunch of outdoorsy people matures, & explores, constantly; & always they need to find the cautionary tales, in any place they may happen to find them, if even by accident, to stay alive should all plans fail!


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