11:21 A.M. July 10, 2017 - 7:00 A.M. Tuolumne County Sheriff Department reports Nathan Lubeck is found and safe! He walked out and made it back to camp a few minutes ago!
July 10, 2017 - The Tuolumne County Sheriff Department reports on Sunday morning CHP Helicopter H20 out of Fresno located Jonathon Gilbert, Joshua Lubeck, Meghan Lubeck and their dog Eve and hoisted them out of the canyon area, midway between Hardin Flat Road in Groveland and Rainbow Pools. Nathan Lubeck was not with the group. He had left Joshua, Jonathon and Meghan at some point to scout the area ahead on foot in hopes to find a way out.
The group left their camp at Yosemite Lakes RV Park at 2:30 PM on Saturday, July 8th and decided to go down the river on inner tubes from their camp to Rainbow Pools where they would meet family at 4:30 PM. The Sheriff's Office was called at 7:30 PM when the four and their dog did not arrive.
Nathan was last seen wearing shorts, sandals, a hat and glasses.
The search area is very treacherous with steep and rugged terrain. Fire crews cleared foliage and roadways so the use of ATV's could be implemented in the search efforts. Tomorrow additional agencies will be arriving to assist Forest Service Law Enforcement and the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team. CHP Helicopter 24 out of Auburn will also be joining the search.
Helicopter landing with the three that were rescued.Posted by Tuolumne County Sheriff on Monday, July 10, 2017
The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue members are working an active mission along the south fork of the Tuolumne River.
The search area is in between Thousand Trails Campground located on Hardin Flat Road and Rainbow Pools along Highway 120 in Groveland.
Four rafters were reported missing to the Sheriff's Office on Saturday evening. Search and Rescue members continued their search at 6:00 AM this morning with the assistance from a California Highway Patrol helicopter.
As of 3:00 PM this afternoon, three of the four missing people and their dog have been found. 36 year old Nathan Lubeck of Encino CA, hiked away from the other three to seek help. Nathan is described as a white male, approximately 6'7", 190 pounds, blond hair and blue eyes.
If anyone sees a man matching this description please call the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office at 209-533-5815.
Source: Tuolumne County Sheriff Department