Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Search Continues for James Kim

From ABC News:
After being stranded in the wilderness for more than a week, three members of a California family are doing remarkably well.

Kati Kim, her 4-year-old daughter, Penelope, and her 7-month-old daughter, Sabine, should soon be released from Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass, Ore.

But their ordeal isn't over. A search continues for Kati's husband, James Kim, who left his family two days ago to look for help.

On Monday afternoon, rescuers found three members of the Kim family on a rugged, snow-filled road where their Saab station wagon had been stuck for more than a week.
This story is very troubling. I remember James Kim from the technology reports he used to do on Tech TV (before they became G4 TV and started catering solely to teen video gamers). He used to go on and on about his wife and kids in a very mushy way that was a bit much, but seemed genuinely sincere. You’d think that someone so into his family would’ve been more careful about driving in unfamiliar territory (regardless of who was actually driving).

It’s also very sobering to think that there are still places where you can’t get cell phone coverage and if you get lost, you might not be found in time. The only good part of the story is that the mom was able to keep the two girls alive by breastfeeding them, though if it hadn’t have been for the 7-month-old, you’d have to assume the mom wouldn’t have been lactating and the 4-year-old might not have made it.

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6 comments:

Luke Cage said...

Unbelievable story of sacrifice and survival. I hope that the dad/husband is doing okay, but the fact that they haven't found him yet is disturbing to me. As is what you mentioned about the loss of cell phone signals in such a desolate place. mannnn!

Michelle Pessoa said...

As you probably know by now, his body was found yesterday. Very sad. If only he had stayed at the car! But he couldn't have known that.

Luke Cage said...

Yes luv. It made me sick to my stomach. It would have been incredible if he'd made it.. dayum..!

Lt. Cmdr Oneida said...

It's incredibly sad. But that had to have been a horrible choice to make. If you leave, you face the very chance of freezing to death before you find help. If you stay, you face the very real possibility of having to watch your children starve to death. After seven days without so much as a hint of rescue, I probably would have done the same as they did. Out here in CO it's beaten into you not to leave the car, but they never mention what to do if you have children with you...

There are huge areas out here in the West that have zero cell phone service because there are zero people in those areas. And as for taking that road, in those areas, it's very easy to miss the turn-off. If you read the road maps that most of us have in our cars, they almost never indicate that a road is not useable at certain times of the year. I'm surprised it wasn't closed off. Many of the mountain passes out here in Colorado get gates or barriers put in front of them to indicate their closure.

This is such a tragic case. His wife will probably blame herself for the rest of her life even though they made the best choice they could at the time. But it does emphasize the need to always keep your car prepared when you travel. That and keep your cell phone on and charged, even if you don't have service.

Michelle Pessoa said...

I can’t imagine the agony of sitting there and watching the children suffering. He really had no choice but to try something. He couldn’t have known that they were going to be found.

I think the sobering lesson about this tragedy is that with all our cell phones and GPS units and maps, we’re still one wrong turn away from disaster. I heard today on the news that his body was found near to a lodge stocked with food. Very sad. I feel bad for him and his family. This could happed to anybody, anytime.

Lt. Cmdr Oneida said...

Yeah, I just read that the had been been a gate, but that vandals had cut the lock and left the gate open. Probably hunters or someone wanting a free christmas tree.