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1 dead, 2 safely rescued after being stranded on mountain in Tahoe Basin

1 dead, 2 rescued after being stranded on mountain in Tahoe Basin on February 7, 2018. (Photo courtesy: Placer County Sheriff's Office)

One person is dead and two people were rescued after being stranded on a mountain in the Tahoe Basin on Wednesday night.

According to the Placer County Sheriff's Office, their search and rescue team and Tahoe Nordic Team responded to the area of Big Chief Mountain in the Granite Flat Recreation area, west of Northstar California Resort, for three stranded hikers late February 7.

Authorities say one of the hikers fell about 100 feet down a cliff and ultimately died from their injuries. The victim was identified Thursday as Rene Dewarrat, 36, of Truckee.

The Placer County Sheriff's Office said fellow hikers reported that Dewarrat fell off a cliff at about 9:45 p.m.

Fire agencies responded to the area, but because of the sheer cliffs and rough terrain, the Tahoe Nordic and Placer County Search and Rescue teams were called to the scene.

By the time they were able to reach Dewarrat, he had already succumbed to her injuries, according to the sheriff's office. His body was recovered from the canyon, while the two hikers were taken to safety without any injuries.

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