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Boy rescued after becoming separated from family at Montana de Oro

Posted at 9:01 PM, May 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-13 00:27:32-04

A number of agencies responded to a call of a lost teen at Montana de Oro State Park on Sunday.

The 14-year-old teen with special needs from Grover Beach was with family, hiking the area in the morning, but became separated around the hazards reef area, according to California State Parks.

Ranger supervisor Rob Colligan said the mother reported her son went around a sand dune and wasn’t anywhere to be seen. She reported him missing around 9:30 a.m.

The search would take several hours and involved a number of agencies.

(Courtesy: California State Parks)

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, Morro Bay Harbor Patrol, California State Parks, and Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office assisted in the incident.

Morro Bay Harbor Patrol spotted the boy at the end of the sand spit from where he was separated. California State Parks was able to pick him up.

He was reunited with his family around 2:30 p.m., Colligan said.

Colligan praised the response of the agencies and said a large effort was undertaken to find the teen.

“I was glad everything turned out okay,” he said.