If you’ve been following the news, you learned of the story of the Kim family. James, Kati, and their two children went missing right after Thanksgiving. They were driving home from Oregan to San Francisco, but they never reached their destination.
The family drove down the wrong road and then ran out of gas. They were lost and snowed in. They survived for several days on the food they had in the car and berries they found. Kati breastfed both children (a baby and a four year old) so they would stay nourished.
This weekend, Kati and their children, were found by the family’s car. Rescuers came to their aid after a “ping signal” from Kati’s cell phone was tracked from the tower to the phone. James Kim’s father was instrumental in getting rescue teams out to the area, renting helicopters, and preparing rescue packages to be air dropped.
But this rescue story has turned bittersweet. Two days before the rescue, James set out on foot in hopes of finding help and saving his family. He had walked 8 miles, swam the creek, tore off bits of clothing in the bitterly cold, snowy weather, to mark his trail. But the rescuers were too late. He was found dead in a creek bed.
James Kim worked for CNET.com. The website carries a tribute to their employee–a person who sacrificed all in hopes that his family would survive. Here’s the tribute: http://news.com.com/2009-12-6141617.html?tag=cnetfd.ld1