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Date Released: 2/16/2006
Subject: Search and Rescue
Contact: Brenda Godsey
Case No#: 200600966
Released By: Brenda Godsey, PIO

Location: Orleans

This afternoon the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office found a man who had became lost southeast of Orleans on Tuesday. The Sheriff’s Office received a report at about 9:00 Tuesday night that Gail Fredrick Pratt, 59, had become separated from his friend while they were walking in a remote area of Red Cap Road near Black Mountain. Mr. Pratt failed to return to their vehicle. Special Services Deputies, the Sheriff’s Posse, and tracking dogs searched for Mr. Pratt into the night Tuesday and again on Wednesday. Personnel from the U.S. Forest Service joined the search on Wednesday and the California Highway Patrol used their helicopter to search from the air.

The search continued today with assistance from the Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Department and the Yurok Public Safety Department, along with members of Mr. Pratt’s family. Additionally, the Sheriff’s Air Posse searched from the air, flying in fixed-wing aircraft.

At about 1:30 this afternoon Mr. Pratt was found alive, about a mile and a half from the search and rescue command post. Mr. Pratt was reportedly weak, but was able to walk on his own. Additional details may be released as they become available.