A 68-year-old woman was rescued from the Purisima Creek Trail early this morning after becoming disoriented and spending the night in the park.
A friend called authorities Sunday evening after growing concerned about how long the unidentified woman had been on the trail. Rescuers started looking for the woman at about 8 p.m. on Sunday, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.
Rescuers spotted her from the air about midnight and she was taken to safety at about 6 a.m. on Monday, according to San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Rosemerry Blankswade.
The woman reportedly lost her glasses while out on the trail and could not find her way back, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. The woman was crawling on her hands and knees for hours trying to navigate her way to safety. Her cellphone battery died and she was not able to call out, the Sheriff’s Office reported on Facebook.
The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Air squadron was called in and the air support team located her in a remote location of the Purisima Creek Trail. The woman was rescued and sustained minor scrapes, but no other injuries.
Responding agencies included Cal Fire, the Half Moon Bay Volunteer Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, California State Park Rangers, Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District Park Rangers and the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Sheriff’s Office reminds people to use the buddy system when hiking whenever possible and to have vital items such as a cell phone and first aid kit.