British actor identified as hiker missing in southern California

British actor Julian Sands

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# 19 January 2023 09:58 (UTC +04:00)

British actor Julian Sands has been named as a hiker who went missing in the San Gabriel mountains last week, APA reports citing BBC news.

The 65-year-old was reported missing in the Baldy Bowl area on Friday, amid bad weather in southern California.

Police said ground rescue teams were pulled off the mountain last weekend due to avalanche risks but searches continue by drone and helicopter.

Mr Sands is known for roles in popular films and TV dramas including A Room With A View, 24 and Smallville.

In a statement shared with the PA news agency, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's department said Mr Sands was reported missing at about 19:30 local time on Friday 13 January.

The department's search and rescue crews "responded and began a search", it added, but had been hampered by severe weather warnings and trail conditions.

"However, we continue to search by helicopter and drones when the weather permits," the statement said.

Police added that ground searches would be scheduled when the weather improved and conditions were safer for rescue crews.