Tale of Survival after takeing a wrong turn.


Missing Couple In Alpine County
A 46 year old female and her 44 year old boyfriend left Citrus Heights for Gardnerville on the afternoon of Thursday, November 29th.  At the Highway 88/Highway 89 intersection they turned south onto Burnside Lake Rd.   The boyfriend had recently bought a 1989 Jeep Cherokee 4×4 and wanted to test it out on the dirt roads of the area.  Burnside Lake Rd. had been closed earlier that day by the Forest Service in anticipation of the approaching storm but the decision was made to drive around the closure and drive the road to Burnside Lake.  They made it approximately six miles up the road before the Cherokee became stuck in mud.  Family members had expected them in Gardnerville that evening so when they didn’t arrive they reported them missing.  The boyfriend and girlfriend spent the night in the Jeep and on the morning of the 30th the boyfriend attempted to hike out  to Highway 88 despite the girlfriend’s pleas for him to stay with her in the vehicle.
According to the Nevada Appeal, on the night of Friday, November 30th the family members contacted Douglas County 9-1-1 services, which acts as dispatch for Alpine County and asked them to search Burnside Lake.  Apparently that message was passed on to Alpine County shortly after midnight.
According to SNOTEL sensors at Burnside Lake (8129 ft.) the area received 30 inches of snow on Saturday, December 1st.  Meanwhile the girlfriend wrapped herself in a blanket and remained in the jeep eating snow and tomatoes she had received from a relative in Citrus Heights.  On Monday, December 3rd, after waiting for three days for her boyfriend, she believed he was not going to return with help and she had to save herself.   She left the vehicle and walked/crawled towards HIghway 88.  According to KRNV out of Reno it seems the search was called off at some point on this same day.  The girlfriend later told reporters that she passed her boyfriend’s deceased body about a mile from the Jeep as she was attempting to make her own way down the road.
On Wednesday, December 5th the missing party’s brother decided he was going to Burnside Lake.  (Note to reader:  This is where things get awesome) He commandeered a Caltrans front loader from a nearby sand shed and drove up Burnside Lake Rd. looking for the couple.  He proceeded up the road for several miles where he eventually found his sister wrapped in a blanket, hypothermic and huddled in a hollowed out tree.  He placed her in the bucket of the loader and drove back down the road to Sorensen’s Resort where they were met by emergency personnel who transported her to Carson Tahoe Regional Hospital.
“We couldn’t stop him, we just let him (the brother) do what he had to do,” the mp’s sister said. “He had a feeling. They have a special bond, they really do. It is an unusual bond, it is different than the one I have with my sister.”  She is being treated for first degree frostbite and is expected to be released early next week.

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