Rescued hiker Debra Collins recoverin...

Rescued hiker Debra Collins recovering from frostbitten toes, expected to go home from hospital t...

There are 128 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Dec 6, 2010, titled Rescued hiker Debra Collins recovering from frostbitten toes, expected to go home from hospital t.... In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

Debra Collins, the Felton woman who survived six freezing nights in Fall Creek park after falling in a remote ravine and not being able to get up or call for help, is expected to be released from the hospital today.

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Wescruz

Santa Cruz, CA

#21 Dec 6, 2010
Yeah I bet it was Dylan that actually saw her first.
Being lower to the ground, he probably spotted her blue coat
first. Whatever way it went.......WAY TO GO GUYS!!
Mr Ed

Santa Cruz, CA

#22 Dec 6, 2010
Where to find your County Suoervisor email:
http://www.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/bds/ctysupvs.h...
Wescruz

Santa Cruz, CA

#23 Dec 6, 2010
How come Wowack cannot be recalled in a vote?
uh Clem

San Mateo, CA

#24 Dec 6, 2010
Not giving the Sheriff a pass on this one -- a definite lapse in judgement there -- but Debra Collins could have been found a lot sooner if people who cared for her took some initiative. If you wait for "the authorities", they will be doing a body recovery, not a rescue.
Banff

Oakley, CA

#25 Dec 6, 2010
uh Clem wrote:
Not giving the Sheriff a pass on this one -- a definite lapse in judgement there -- but Debra Collins could have been found a lot sooner if people who cared for her took some initiative. If you wait for "the authorities", they will be doing a body recovery, not a rescue.
They did. Friends and neighbors had already been searching the trails. One of the neighbors eventually approached a psychic who pinpointed where to find her that day.
Wescruz

Santa Cruz, CA

#26 Dec 6, 2010
What the wrote:
Wowak quote: "We were at a loss as to where to start looking. Just because she frequently hikes and bikes doesn't mean she's in the woods."
My goodness, friends and family told the sheriff's department that she frequently hiked and ran in Fall Creek. That would have been a sufficient clue for Clouseau. With this following so quickly after the escaped convict fiasco, the first instinct would be to call for Wowak's dismissal, but at 27+ years of service and a $185,976 annual salary, that would mean he'd just take his $150,000+ annual pension and we'd have to pay someone else to fill his position.
I think they were afraid to go looking for her because of the mountain lions.
CBC

Rohnert Park, CA

#27 Dec 6, 2010
So measure H passes easily and yet we can't get our bonehead cops to do their jobs....or maybe it's because the search team consists of one salaried person and 75 volunteers?....... Measure H should never have passed, this is why.
Right on Time

Fremont, CA

#28 Dec 6, 2010
I'm sorry for my earlier skepticism about this woman's story. It's wonderful that she survived and I wish her a speedy recovery.
Catherine OKelly

San Jose, CA

#29 Dec 6, 2010
I just looked back at the on-line story posted yesterday and Saturday evening, but could not access the comments. Let me tell you, there were over 120 comments, and almost all of them stated that the Sheriff's Department was WRONG in their decision not to assist in any way with a search and rescue team. I am contacting Supervisor Mark Stone today, and I urge everyone who feels the same, to contact him and ask for the Sheriff's dismissal. His actions regarding the escaped prisoner also display a lack of good judgment. I like to walk in the woods, too. What I have learned from Debra Collins' ordeal, is to wear a whistle when I walk. I even have a genuine police whistle, so NO EXCUSES. It's a simple little thing, but for those of us who like to walk alone in the woods, it could be a life-saver. Thank God for Debra's concerned neighbors, or this story would have had a very sad ending.
Charles Bronson

Castro Valley, CA

#30 Dec 6, 2010
Glad she was found,but how about next time have a plan and tell people where your going hiking. It is called being "RESPONSIBLE."

Since: May 08

United States

#31 Dec 6, 2010
Those that work in the public safety sector have eight hours a day to commit to public safety...most of us other working stiffs are putting in our eight in a different direction. Why the sheriff and other public safety officials in the county didn't attempt a search DOES need to be looked into. Heads should roll.
TrixieDelite

Mountain View, CA

#33 Dec 6, 2010
I hope Wowak comes up with a better story. This one is disgusting and a clear signal that he's not the right guy for the job.
What are We Paying For

Brisbane, CA

#34 Dec 6, 2010
We need a new Sheriff. He has failed in two recent incidents.. The Dominican Hospital Fiasco which endangered the lives of even small babies as well as other neighbors . Now this where he refuses to organize a search party or just take a walk on nearby trails to find a missing womman...But he also forids family and friends to organize a search. Thank God Dylan and his Dad and neighbors did not listen to Wowak and did the work the Sheriff is paid almost $200,000 a year to do. Wowak needs to step down . He is not UP to doing his job
Deputy dawgs

Windsor, NC

#35 Dec 6, 2010
Dr Full wrote:
Law enforcement in this area is plain LAZY.
They would rather sit in their cars writing tickets for people rolling through stop signs.
Look at downtown SC. It's a disgrace.
How many fugitives are hanging out at the Homeless Shelter.
and don't forget those tickets for going 8 miles over the speed limit while a drug deal goes on down the street. They are afraid of the real criminals.
Tuco

Watsonville, CA

#36 Dec 6, 2010
"Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Posse" will never receive another penny in donation from me; all they're good for is fund raisers and brushing their horses for parades.
They're going to have to work pretty hard to earn my trust and/or respect ever again.
FeltonResident

United States

#37 Dec 6, 2010
Their motto is to protect and serve?

Think it should be changed to "procrastinate and scare."

Glad she was located and is convalescing.
the dog

United States

#38 Dec 6, 2010
The Sheriff should have engaged. Not much question about.
I wonder if they thought of her while at their Christmas Party last week.
Boulder Bob

United States

#39 Dec 6, 2010
Catherine OKelly wrote:
I am contacting Supervisor Mark Stone today, and I urge everyone who feels the same, to contact him and ask for the Sheriff's dismissal.
The Sheriff was elected in June and ran unopposed. He's starting a new four-year term. Since the county sheriff is elected independently of the county supervisors, they have no authority over him. Send feedback to the sheriffs instead.
Concerned Citizen

Vallejo, CA

#40 Dec 6, 2010
"Do, or do not. Do not try". We don't even have a "try" here. What happened to interagency cooperation? State Parks and Sheriff together could have easily found this women before Thanksgiving.

Call the Stupidvisors if you want, but be nice or you, Joe Public, will be hauled away in crowd control zip ties by the Sheriff who should have used them on that moose in the hospital.
Jerry Garcia

San Francisco, CA

#42 Dec 6, 2010
She must have had some TRIPPY mushrooms and LSD. She was probably like, "what? 6 days? I thought it was only 3 hours with a few shadows. What's for Thanksgiving dinner?, I'm starved!"

juuuust kidding. I am glad she's okay and hope never to have to be in her shoes.

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