Missing Snowboarders Found

December 22, 2008 2:10:35 PM PST
Three snowboarders, missing since Monday afternoon, were located by helicopter spotters at around 2:00pm near the South Fork of the Merced River. All three were responsive and walked to the helicopter on their own. Their condition will be further assessed as they come out.

A total of over 65 Search and Rescue personnel from Yosemite National Park and Mariposa County had been searching the area since yesterday.

The snowboarders were reported missing Monday when they failed to meet their ride near the community of Yosemite West, close to the park's western boundary.

Search teams from Yosemite National Park and Mariposa County were looking for the snowboarders on the ground, and from the air.