And searching for Mt. Baldy for the actor Julian Sands on the 12th day, the rescuers began to reduce their efforts, the authorities announced.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, which is leading the search, said Wednesday he is continuing to look for the missing actor using only air units, such as sheriff’s helicopters and drones.
Since Sands was reported missing on January 13, the department has been scouring the area of Mt. Baldy with both air and ground crews, although some ground missions were occasionally canceled due to exchange risks and dangerous runway conditions.
The department said air crews are using RECCO devices, a rescue technology that uses harmonic radar systems to detect clothing equipped with RECCO reflectors. The device is commonly used to find people buried by an avalanche or lost hikers.
No evidence of Sands’ whereabouts was found during the search.
On Tuesday, rescuers found another hiker, 75-year-old Jin Chung of Los Angeles, who went missing on Mt. Baldy on Sunday. He was hospitalized for “weather-related injuries” and a leg injury.
Around the time Sands was reported missing, a flurry of storms followed Mt. Baldy has recently been covered in snow. Due to the icy conditions officials issued warnings to hikers of all skill levels. The peak is considered one of the most dangerous to climb in the United States.
Sands, 65, is known for his work in “A Room With a View” (1985), “Warlock” (1989) and numerous other films and television series, including “24” and “Dexter.” Born in the United Kingdom, Sands lives in North Hollywood and is an avid mountaineer, having climbed peaks in the Andes and the Swiss Alps.
Amid messages of hope for the missing actor from Hollywood figures, the Sands family released a statement Monday thanking the sheriff’s department and rescue teams for “brave conditions on the ground and in the air to bring Julian home.”
“We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support,” the statement read.
Sands’ brother told BBC News this week that he had already said goodbye to Julian.
“I’ve come to terms with the fact that he’s gone and that’s how I dealt with it,” Nick Sands said in a BBC report published on Wednesday. “We’re all still waiting, I guess, but I know it’s gone in my mind and because of that I’ve already said my goodbyes.”