Message-in-a-Bottle Cry for Help Saved a Family Stranded in a Hidden Waterfall in California

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Message-in-a-Bottle Cry for Help Saved a Family Stranded in a Hidden Waterfall in California

 

The essence of being an explorer comes from one’s desire to discover new places, especially those that haven’t even been marked by anyone else on a map. But is the risk of getting lost in an uncharted place even worth the beauty it beholds for any daring traveler?

A family of three went on a four-day camping trip in California and just when their half-week nature excursion was about to end, Curtis Whitson, his girlfriend Krystal Ramirez, and their 13-year-old son Hunter found themselves in a predicament.

The three got stranded at the top of a 40-foot waterfall with no safe way to get out by themselves. They needed to ask for help, but it wasn’t easy since the waterfall was hidden and not charted on the Arroyo Seco River in California.

 

Photo Credit: Cindi Barbour (via Oddity Central)

 

Whitson, who has traveled there in the past, initially thought of waiting for their friends to file a missing report to the officials, but he and Ramirez figured that it would take a long time before their friends find out that they were missing.

So, Whitson decided to do it the old-fashioned way. Luckily, he had a pocket knife and he used it to carve the word “HELP” on a stick, which he threw down the waterfall, but it got nowhere. So he got his green plastic bottle next and scratched “HELP” on it. Ramirez also wrote “WE ARE STUCK HERE @ THE WATERFALL GET HELP PLEASE” onto a bar order sheet that she kept and inserted it in the bottle. They then threw the bottle in the river and hoped that someone would find it.

 

Photo Credit: Cindi Barbour (via Oddity Central)

 

Luck was finally on the group’s side, as later that night, a rescue team spotted Whitson and his family while they were dozing inside their sleeping bags.

“This is search and rescue—you have been found,” shouted the rescuer through a loudspeaker. “Stay put and we’ll be back to get you tomorrow morning.”

So they did.

Help finally came the next morning with a helicopter to fetch them. Authorities said that the green bottle was found floating on the river by a couple of hikers who immediately brought the matter to the manager of the Arroyo Seco Campground.

 

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