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Waterloo connection to rescued California hiker

Waterloo connection to rescued California hiker

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There is a Waterloo connection to the California hiker, missing for 9 days in the Sierra Nevada mountains, until being rescued Saturday by the Fresno County Search and Rescue team.

Miyuki Harwood, of Orangevale, California, somehow got separated from her group on August 20. 

The Fresno County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team, along with the California Office of Emergency Services and the California National Guard, launched a major search operation for Miyuki. The teams included some 30 members, search dogs and a Chinook Helicopter.

Smoke from the nearby Kings Canyon National Park wildfire hampered the search for several days. 

A search and rescue team found the 62-year old Miyuki in a remote location Saturday, near the Courtright Reservoir.

She was in good spirits, but quite exhausted, and had suffered several broken bones, said Fresno Sheriff, Margaret Mims. Sheriff Mims said Miyuki is expected to make a full recovery. Sheriff Mims said Miyuki survived only on water, and crawled to a remote lake to scoop water into her small bottle. 

Miyuki's late husband was Bret Harwood, formerly of Waterloo, Bret was 1967 graduate of the old Orange High School. He died in 2005 at age 56. Bret and Miyuki were married in 1989 and lived in Orangevale, where Miyuki continued to reside after Bret's death.

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