Woodside: Hiker, 56, OK following rescue from ravine


A hiker who went missing Thursday afternoon in unincorporated Woodside was found alive Saturday morning and appears to be OK, a San Mateo County sheriff's spokesman said.

Bethnee Haury, 56, was found at about 10:30 a.m. about 200 feet down in a ravine and about 600 yards from Skyline Boulevard, which was the nearest road.

She had been last seen at about 4 p.m. Thursday on Skyline Boulevard by someone who lives or works in the area, according to the Sheriff's Office.

She suffers from dementia and is dependent on insulin.

But the person who saw her Thursday afternoon told deputies that she looked OK.

Sheriff's spokesman Detective Salvador Zuno said at some point she must have become disoriented and hiked into the ravine.

A search team called out her name Saturday morning and she and her Australian shepherd Camaro, who went hiking with her, answered.

Besides some bumps and bruises and being tired and dehydrated, Ms. Haury was okay, according to Zuno.

"She a very tough lady," he said. Rescuers gave her water and a snack and she was airlifted to a hospital.

Camaro was also given water and a snack The dog was checked out and found to be fine.

"This is very happy ending," Detective Zuno said.

Search teams started looking for Ms. Haury on Thursday after her husband called the Sheriff's Office at about 7:30 p.m. to report that she had not returned from a hike.

She, her husband and son are Bay Area residents who were staying at a bed and breakfast when she left for the hike at about 1:30 p.m.

The family had been traveling on vacation, Detective Zuno said.

The San Mateo County Search and Rescue team and the Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit, professional volunteer search teams, searched for her around-the-clock from Thursday into Friday morning, according to Detective Zuno.

Except for a search by air, which went on into the night, rescuers went home at dusk on Friday and resumed the search at about 6 a.m. Saturday.

The teams used search dogs and off-road vehicles and later added a

helicopter and sheriff's air unit.


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1 person likes this
Posted by resident
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 12, 2017 at 5:57 pm

News reports say she fell into a ravine half a mile from the highway. Spent 2 nights there with her dog and volunteer search teams found her in good shape on Saturday morning.

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Posted by Woodside Resident
a resident of Woodside: Kings Mountain/Skyline
on Mar 13, 2017 at 12:12 pm

News reports also failed to mention that the San Mateo County Sheriffs Mounted Search and Rescue Unit was working the search both days with approximately 10 horses and riders.

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Posted by cowgirl in the city
a resident of Portola Valley: Los Trancos Woods/Vista Verde
on Mar 13, 2017 at 2:17 pm

Thank you to all the search and rescue people and animals for the great effort and wonderful ending. It is comforting to know that if something happens to us when we go out in our hills we can at least know that people will continue looking for us and asking questions! Thanks again.

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