Missing hiker alive and well

20 May 2019 | Environment

ELLANIE SMIT

A 31-year-old Namibian, who went missing last week while hiking in a park in California, has been found alive and well.

There was a happy ending for Deon Ndilula’s family and loved ones when he was found unscathed in the Joshua Tree National Park on Thursday, following his disappearance a day earlier.

According to a media release issued by the Joshua Tree National Park, Ndilula and his hiking companion started out on the southern end of the Boy Scout Trail in the park at approximately 08:00 on Wednesday morning.

“The two became confused with the trail in the vicinity of the Willow Hole area and separated around 14:00.”

Ndilula’s hiking companion made it to Key Ranch and used the emergency radio to call for assistance and park rangers were notified.

Ndilula was able to call 911 on his cellphone at approximately 17:50 and the searchers were able to pin-point where the signal originated.

An immediate search was launched by park law-enforcement. The search was called off after sundown, when the emergency crews were hampered by dwindling light conditions. The search continued again early on Thursday morning.

By mid-morning, Ndilula came in contact with campers who took him out of the park to a nearby restaurant. He was contacted by park rangers at the restaurant, where Ndilula was enjoying his first meal in some time.

Joshua Tree National Park is a vast protected area in southern California. It's characterised by rugged rock formations and stark desert landscapes.

The Boy Scout Trail where Ndilula went missing is listed on the National Park Service website as being among the most difficult.

Hikers are advised not to attempt it in hot conditions. The estimated hike time for the trail is six hours. The trail is eight miles (about 13 kilometres) in length.

Similar News

 

Giraffe suffers silent extinction

14 hours ago | Environment

World Giraffe day is celebrated annually on 21 June to help mobilise support and raise awareness of the threats faced by giraffes around Africa that...

40 000 to benefit from agri project

6 days ago - 18 June 2019 | Environment

More than 40 000 beneficiaries are expected to benefit from a climate change project in the Kunene Region.This is 57% of the total population of...

Illegal timber harvesting at Ohangwena

1 week ago - 13 June 2019 | Environment

Forestry officials in Ohangwena are not aware of the illegal sale and harvesting of timber taking place in the region. Illegal harvesters operate along the...

Eteyo lyomiti shaaheli paveta mOhangwena

1 week ago - 13 June 2019 | Environment

ILENI NANDJATOAanambelewa yegameno lyomakuti moshitopolwa shaHangwena kaye na ontseyo kombinga yelanditho lyiiti oshowo eteyo lyiiti ndyoka tali ningwa moshitopolwa shoka.Aateyi yomiti shaaheli paveta otaya longele...

Govt can't block Erindi sale

2 weeks ago - 07 June 2019 | Environment

The prospective buyer of Erindi Private Game Reserve has hit back at the government, saying all relevant approvals for the sale had been obtained from...

Climate change disastrous

2 weeks ago - 07 June 2019 | Environment

Namibia's economy is highly dependent on climate-change-sensitive sectors such as agriculture, livestock ranching, crop production and fishing. Therefore, climate change impacts can be catastrophic for...

Six elephants exported to DRC

3 weeks ago - 28 May 2019 | Environment

A family of six elephants was this weekend successfully exported to the Democratic Republic of Congo from the Port of Walvis Bay. The operation, which...

Omahwahwameko gegameno lyoonyushi

4 weeks ago - 27 May 2019 | Environment

Omukwashigwana gwaNamibia ngoka ha munu nokutekula oonyushi okwa pula AaNamibia opo ya kutheko nuudhiginini ongeshefa yoonyushi nokuyambidhidha ongeshefa yokulonga omagadhi goonyushi omanga a popi...

Emino lyevi kali shi epuko lyelelo lyUukwambi

1 month - 24 May 2019 | Environment

Elelo lyopamudhigululwakalo lyUukwambi Traditional Authority itali vulu okupewa uusama omolwa emino lyevi lyaaheli paveta ndyoka lya ningwa pIiheke yaNakele oshowo mOnanime, omahala ngoka ge...

Missing hiker alive and well

1 month - 20 May 2019 | Environment

ELLANIE SMIT A 31-year-old Namibian, who went missing last week while hiking in a park in California, has been found alive and well. There was...

Latest News

Namibia gears for women's Cosafa

14 hours ago | Sports

LIMBA MUPETAMIThe Brave Gladiators of Namibia are among the nations to contend for the Cosafa Women's Championship title from July 31 to August 11.The 2019...

The sins of the fathers

14 hours ago | Opinion

The inaction of the last 29 years or so is catching up with us. There is a real and serious threat of hepatitis E becoming...

Sports is a sitting duck

14 hours ago | Columns

Limba MupetamiSports development in Namibia is a sitting duck. This is because the Namibian government has over the years developed a pattern of disappointing athletes...

Namibia lose all matches

14 hours ago | Sports

LIMBA MUPETAMINamibia lost all three matches in the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Series Finals in Valencia, Spain.The Namibian senior women's field hockey team was taught...

Determined United sink Suburbs to...

14 hours ago | Sports

A 14-man Trustco United rugby team put up an impressive performance on Saturday afternoon as they defeated Western Suburbs 23-22 in their Namibia Rugby Premier...

Nigeria players protest unpaid bonuses...

14 hours ago | Sports

Nigeria's players refused to leave the team hotel after their exit from the Women's World Cup on Saturday, demanding that the country's soccer federation clears...

'Vote for yourself'- Geingob

14 hours ago | Politics

President Hage Geingob on Saturday said young people must stop crying for positions and start voting themselves into power. Speaking at the Swapo Party School's...

Giraffe suffers silent extinction

14 hours ago | Environment

World Giraffe day is celebrated annually on 21 June to help mobilise support and raise awareness of the threats faced by giraffes around Africa that...

CAF to use Fifa expertise...

14 hours ago | Sports

President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Ahmad Ahmad is aiming to use Fifa's expertise to accelerate the reform process in the African governing...

Load More