Rescuers find lost hiker on California mountain where Julian Sands is missing

Rescuers find lost hiker on California mountain where Julian Sands is missing

Jin Chung, 75, was taken to hospital with a leg injury while search continues for the actor, 65, who was reported missing 13 January

Jin Chung. The sheriff’s department launched the search after he didn’t return from a hike on Sunday.

Rescue personnel in California have found a 75-year-old hiker who was lost on the same snow-covered mountain where actor Julian Sands is missing.

NBC LA captured images of Jin Chung, of North Hollywood, being loaded into an ambulance Tuesday afternoon. He had a leg injury and some weather-related injuries but was able to walk with assistance and was taken to a hospital, the San Bernardino county sheriff’s department said. His condition was not immediately known.

The sheriff’s department launched the search after Chung didn’t return from a hike Sunday on the 10,064ft (3,068-meter) Mount Baldy.

Chung carpooled to the mountain with two others and made plans to meet them at the vehicle at 2pm, but Chung did not return, authorities said.

The sheriff’s department said rescuers unsuccessfully continued searching for Sands on Mount Baldy over the weekend.

“Helicopters and drones continued to use infrared devices during the search however, all were negative for any signs of Sands,” the department’s statement said.

Sands, 65, was reported missing 13 January while hiking. Search and rescue crews began looking for him on the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains, about 40 miles (64km) north-east of downtown Los Angeles.

“No evidence of his current location has been discovered. The search will continue, weather and ground conditions permitting,” a sheriff’s department statement said.

Julian Sands in 2019.

Storms have coated the mountain with heavy snow and ice and searches have been thwarted by the threat of avalanches and foul weather, including powerful winds.

Authorities describe mountain conditions as extremely dangerous. Two hikers have died in recent weeks. One fell at least 500ft down an icy slope.

Sands starred opposite Helena Bonham Carter in the 1985 British romance from director James Ivory, A Room With a View.

He also had major roles in in 1989’s Warlock, 1990’s Arachnophobia, 1991’s Naked Lunch, 1993’s Boxing Helena and Leaving Las Vegas in 1995.

Sands has worked consistently in the decades since with smaller roles in film and television.