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A woman and her dog were found dehydrated but alive by searchers Saturday, two days after they disappeared while hiking in Northern California.
Bethnee Haury, 56, had stumbled into a deep ravine while hiking with her Australian shepherd, Camaro, near the community of Kings Mountain, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office said.
Haury’s family told KTVU that the woman suffers from dementia and is dependent on insulin. Haury was airlifted to a hospital to be treated for dehydration and minor injuries after she had made her way into a ravine, which had about a 200-foot drop. Searchers found her about 600 yards from a road.
“There were so many things that could have gone wrong, you know, the weather, her health, the terrain,” San Mateo County Sheriff’s Detective Salvador Zuno. “There were so many things that could have gone wrong but they didn’t.”
Haury was visiting a bed and breakfast in Woodside with her husband and son when she went on a hike in the woods with the dog Thursday afternoon. Her husband reported her missing that evening when she did not return.
In all, Zuno said that a team of 230 rescuers from 13 agencies looked for Haury.
“That (number) does not include search dogs, horses, off-road vehicles, the sheriff’s air squadron or the Cal Fire helicopter that also participated,” he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.