Stranded Motorcyclist Rescued in Los Padres Forest

Ventura County Sheriff – Incident Press Release 

Lockwood Valley deputies located an overdue motorcycle rider in the Los Padres National Forest after an extensive search.

On July 1, 2018, at approximately 1400 hours, a family member contacted the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Lockwood Valley substation and reported 28 year old Derek Chiampas overdue from an overnight motorcycle trip. Chiampus was riding in the Los Padres National Forest and was due to return home by noon. Chiampus had left a map detailing his route and instructed a family member to call for help if he did not return home on time.

Two deputies from the Lockwood Valley substation, the Sheriff’s Aviation unit and members from the Fillmore Search and Rescue team responded. The Sheriff’s Aviation unit conducted an aerial search of the area with negative results. While waiting for the Fillmore Search and Rescue team to arrive and knowing that only a couple hours of daylight were left, both deputies from the Lockwood Valley substation decided to begin searching for Chiampus via off road motorcycles.

While the Lockwood deputies were retracing Chiampus route, they located him near Sunset Campground. Chiampus was fatigued and dehydrated but otherwise in good spirits. Chiampus stated his motorcycle was stuck in a creek crossing and he was unable to continue. Chiampus was given water and transported to Hungry Valley State Park where his family was waiting for him.

The Lockwood Valley substation would like to commend Chiampus for pre-planning his trip and providing contingency plans to his loved ones if he did not return on time. Providing family members with details about his trip and details about what they were to do if he did not return helped the Lockwood deputies locate Chiampus in a timely fashion.

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