A family of four was found by Mariposa County sheriff’s deputies and a U.S. park ranger on Wednesday after spending nearly 24 hours lost in a forested area of Yosemite National Park.
The Safir family, reported as four adults, contacted the sheriff’s dispatch center at 6:37 p.m. on Tuesday to ask for help. The family spoke very little English but were able to tell deputies they had been driving out of Stockton for about six hours before wrong turns landed them on a dirt road in the middle of the forest.
The Yosemite National Park Service, Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office, Madera County Sheriff’s Office, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol and U.S. Forest Service were contacted to assist with the search. Using pings from the family’s GPS and text messaged pictures of their location, authorities were able to track them to an area known as Chowchilla Mountain.
Authorities found the Safir family at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday on a spur road near the mountain. Deputies reported that they were in good spirits when they were transported back to Mariposa.