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Bakersfield man found 300 feet down mountain

Posted: June 3, 2013 2:49 p.m.
Updated: June 3, 2013 2:49 p.m.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A Bakersfield man missing for four days was found alive after his pickup tumbled 300 feet down a mountainside in Sequoia National Park.

The Californian newspaper says Frederick Porter's maroon Toyota Tundra was spotted Saturday by park rangers.

They had been looking for him since Thursday, when video surveillance confirmed that he had entered Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks from Highway 198.

The 63-year-old was taken to a Visalia hospital, where he was in good condition.

A National Park Service photo shows the truck mostly obscured by chaparral a quarter mile north of Deer Ridge, a popular lookout in the park. The vehicle's front window appears shattered.

The missing persons alert issued Tuesday said Porter had an unspecified medical condition that put him at special risk.


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