News Story


Search and Rescue Mutual Aid
4/28/2015 10:00:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Search and Rescue Mutual Aid




Riverside County / San Jacinto Mountains

Date & Time:

April 28, 2015

Units Responsible:

East Valley Search and Rescue, Upper Ojai Search and Rescue


City of Residence

Alphonso Nguyen




The Ventura County Sheriff's Office is sending a contingent of search and rescue (SAR) volunteers to assist the Riverside Sheriff's Department in the continued search for Alphonso Nguyen.


On Saturday, April 25, 2015, Nguyen was hiking with friends when he became separated.  Nguyen contacted local authorities and stated he was lost, and that his cell phone was low on battery power.  It is unknown if Nguyen was prepared for any type of extended stay in the wilderness.  


Volunteers from the East Valley and Upper Ojai Search and Rescue Teams, will be leaving Ventura County in the early hours to assist the Riverside County Sheriff's Department in locating Nguyen.  Current weather conditions in the search area are mid 70's in the daytime and low 30's in the night. 


Search and rescue teams in the State of California are comprised of volunteers under the direction of their local Sheriff's Department.  Their skills and knowledge of the outdoors, including technical rope rescue, make them valuable assists to the counties they serve. 


The Ventura County Sheriff's Office reminds all of its residents to be prepared when visiting the back country; this includes filing a hiking plan.  A hiking plan and a list of all essential items suggested to take hiking area available at  


Prepared by:

Deputy Chris Dyer


Media Release Date:

April 28, 2015


Follow-Up Contact:

Deputy Chris Dyer  (805) 535-0270



Approved by:

Captain Chris Lathrop