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LOW Beach, cam.. MÂ«I., FID. MM INDEPENDENT (AW) PRESS-TELEGRAM (PM)-A-3 up Box for Search for second plane fruitless , 4 rescued after crash in mountains gas other I Four, persons were rescued Sunday after fighting snow, rain and freezing temperatures for. more than 24 hours after the crash of their light plane in the Southern California mountains. Meanwhile, searchers hi rural San Diego county continued the hunt 'for a missing plane carrying volunteer medical workers from Santa Barbara to San Carlos, Sonera, Mexico. The rescued persons were identified a's Walter Lau'n, 49, the plane's pilot; his wife; Shirley, and passengers John McDonald, 50, and his wife, Mildred, all of the Sacramento area. The Cessna 182 was .Â«n route to Sacramento from Glendale, Ariz., Saturday when it crashed into the mountains about 10 miles from Big Bear Lake. The four passengers huddled together in the plane's'wreckage while awaiting the arrival of air and ground rescue teams, authorities said. Rescuers wure led to the wreckage by signals transmitted .by the crash victims. The four were taken to March Air Force Base in nearby Riverside, authorities said.. Â· . ' In San Diego County, meanwhile, air and ground scrachers continued the hunt for four volunteer medical workers whose Bclanca 230 was reported missing en route to Mexico last Friday. The plane was part of a convoy of doctors and medical workers who regularly make the trip-front Santa Barbara to Sonora to donate medical services to the local residents. Aboard the missing craft was Richard Vargas, the postmaster of Santa Barbara, authorities said. Also aboard were the pilot, Gregory Ramallo, 49, a Santa Barbara jeweller, and passengers Royce and Sally Ewing, also of Santa Barbara. The missing plane, one of six flying in the convoy, had been flying close another plane in order to maigtaln'radio contact due to bad weather conditions, authorities said. The pilot of the other plane said last contact with the missing craiKwas over San Pedro. ' ~ A CAP spokesman said the missing craft was equipped with an emergency locator transmitter, but no signal had yet been received. ' ' . Â· Â· Â· Â· Ground and air search teams from the Santa Barbara and San Diego sheriff's offices combed an area where the missing plane was believed to have gone down^authorities said. "Â·' Â·-Â·'Â·'