No trace of Julian Sands on Californian mountain - but rescuers have saved another missing hiker
25 January 2023, 04:16 | Updated: 25 January 2023, 05:36
Rescue teams in California say they have uncovered no clues on the whereabouts of British actor Julian Sands - almost two weeks after he went missing while hiking.
However, a 75-year-old hiker who was lost on the same snow-covered mountain has been brought to safety.
NBC LA captured images of Jin Chung, of North Hollywood, being loaded into an ambulance on Tuesday afternoon.
He had hurt his leg and suffered some weather-related injuries but was able to walk with assistance and was taken to 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 10,064-foot Mount Baldy.
Chung carpooled to the mountain with two others and made plans to meet them at the vehicle at 2pm, but failed to return.
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 added.
Sands, 65, was reported missing on 13 January while hiking.
Search and rescue crews began looking for him on the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains, about 40 miles northeast 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.
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.
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Authorities describe the mountain conditions as extremely dangerous with two hikers dying in recent weeks. One fell at least 152m (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.
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