Oakland resident, Nicholas Vlahos and his two young children have been rescued Thursday night after having been reported missing for two day in a rocky region of Sierra county.
The man and his children went on a camping trip and were reported missing Tuesday night, after Vlahos’ wife realized they were late on their arrival. They were last seen by other family members who had joined them on their trip on Tuesday in their black Toyota Tundra 4X4 pickup, making their way back from a campsite in the western part of Sierra County.
The search party organized to find the missing campers included around 60 people from the sheriff’s office in Sierra county and neighboring jurisdictions, but also from the California Highway Patrol and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
It took the authorities two exhausting days to find the man and children and it involved flying in a helicopter over the regions in the Sierra and Plumas counties where the family was believed to have been located.
Finally, they were found Thursday night and were airlifted back to safety. Marianne Vlahos, the mother of the children was ecstatic to hear that they were safe and sound, after she had been worrying for the past two days.
“Today was like living in a nightmare. We were preparing for the worst.”, she said, relieved that she is getting her family back unharmed.
Nicholas Vlahos is a beloved man in his community in the Millsmount neighborhood in Oakland. He co-owns two charming barber shops in Alameda County that offer vintage haircuts and straight razor shaves, all in accordance with the 1920’s theme.
The Vlahos’ case had a happy end because the man and his 5-year-old and respectively 3-year-old children had sufficient provisions and were not injured or ill. Moreover, Vlahos’ business partner said that he is an experienced outdoorsman and that it is not unusual for him to prefer remote passages instead of the mainstream roads.
But most importantly, the authorities put great effort into finding the missing family and they moved swiftly and effectively. Despite the fact that it is still unknown what the Vlahos’ went through while they were stranded in the wilderness, but it seems that they are safe and well at the moment.
A lucky break for Nicholas Vlahos and a fine example of the authorities’ extensive implication in missing people cases, the father and two children were found and brought back to safety on Thursday night. Vlahos’ wife told the press that her kids would definitely be extremely excited to ride in a helicopter, so there is hope that no extensive trauma has been undergone by the small children.
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