Experienced climber found dead on Ernie Maxwell Trail

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About 8 a.m. Saturday, July 8, deputies responded to Humber Park regarding notice of a deceased hiker.

The Riverside County Sheriff Department’s Aviation Unit, Coroner’s Bureau and the Sheriff’s Department volunteers from the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit assisted with the recovery.

The body of George J. Wu, 51, of Newport Beach was recovered from the Ernie Maxwell Scenic Hiking Trail. When the sheriff’s deputy and RMRU found Wu’s body, he was alone with no evidence of which type of climbing he might have undertaken that morning.

The preliminary investigation determined Wu likely suffered traumatic injuries from a fall while climbing.

His Facebook page noted that he was an experienced climber.

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  1. This is very sad. People, for the sake of your own safety, please don’t hike or climb alone, even if you’re experienced.

  2. George was a great, humble man who always made time for people in need. The world lost one of the great one’s and my thoughts and prayers are with his family who he was very proud of. R.I.P.


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