Julian Sands, ‘A Room With a View’ star, reported missing after hiking in California


British actor Julian Sands at the 76th Venice Film Festival for his film The painted bird. (Photo: Reuters)

Julian Sands, a British actor known for movies like A room with a view and Leaving Las Vegas, is missing after he was last seen hiking on California’s Mount Baldy on Friday. A spokesman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department confirms to Yahoo Entertainment that “search and rescue teams have responded and have begun a search.” The news comes as the mountains of Southern California have been ravaged by storms in recent weeks.

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“Due to the condition of the trails and the risk of avalanches, ground crews were removed from the mountain on Saturday night,” a spokesperson said on Wednesday. “However, we will continue to search with helicopters and drones as the weather permits. We will schedule another ground survey when the weather improves and it is safe for our ground crew.”

Sands, 65, was last seen in the Baldy Bowl area of ​​Mt. Baldy. Authorities are urging people to “stay away from that area”.

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“It is extremely dangerous and even experienced hikers get into trouble. Staatsbosbeheer is responsible for that area and we are working with them on that issue,” the spokesperson added.

The wizard star has appeared in over 150 movies and TV shows.

British actor Julian Sands

Julian Sands was reported missing after he failed to return from a walk. (Photo: Courtesy of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.)

In the past four weeks, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) teams have responded to 14 rescue missions on Mt. Baldy and nearby. Two walkers did not survive after a fall and injuries.

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“Please know that current conditions on Mt. Baldy are adverse and extremely dangerous,” the sheriff’s department said in a public advisory. “The strong wind has turned the snow into ice, which makes walking extremely dangerous. [SAR] efforts are often hampered by inclement weather and dangerous avalanche conditions. The recent storms that have created the snow and ice conditions are not favorable to hikers, even those who think they have a high level of experience.”

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