Julian Sands’ family have expressed their gratitude after eleven days of “heroic” efforts to locate the 65-year-old mountaineer. The statement was released by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s office, after Sands was reported missing from Southern California on January 13. The statement thanked the compassionate members of the sheriff’s department, as well as the “heroic search teams” who have braved difficult conditions in the air and on the ground to find Sands. Numerous organisations have been involved in the search, and the sheriff’s department has utilised all available resources.
Pings from Sands’ phone have indicated that he is moving further into the mountainous area, however, the sheriff’s department has warned that conditions remain dangerous for the ground crew. As a result, searches are being conducted by helicopter only. The department also confirmed that two hikers were killed in the Mount Baldy area after falling and injuring themselves.
In an update released on January 18, the force confirmed San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Teams had responded to fourteen missions on Mounty Baldy in just four weeks. The statement warned that due to the high winds, the snow had turned to ice making hiking extremely dangerous, and that search and rescue efforts were often hampered by poor weather and avalanche conditions.
Julian Sands’ family have expressed their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all those involved in the search for their beloved relative. They have been moved by the outpouring of love and support, and are hopeful that the search teams will be able to bring Julian home soon.