(RepublicanPress.org) – Modern search and rescue teams reap the benefits of technological advancements unimagined not that many years ago. Of course, improvements only come into play if individuals avail themselves of their offerings. Fortunately, a lost hiker managed to make it back to safety despite the hiker’s unwitting sabotage of rescuers’ attempts to locate them.
On October 21, Colorado’s Lake County Search and Rescue (LCSAR) posted a notice discussing a curious rescue effort involving an “overdue hiker.” LCSAR reported they received notice that an unidentified hiker failed to return from an October 18 trip on Mount Elbert’s South Trailhead.
The person reportedly started hiking at around 9:00 a.m and had not returned by 8:00 p.m. Two hours later, at 10:00 p.m., LCSAR deployed search and rescue workers. Multiple attempts to reach the hiker via the cell phone failed.
Officials in Colorado are asking hikers to do one thing after a person was lost in the woods for 24 hours – pick up the phone.https://t.co/gctWNTwQOb
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) October 26, 2021
Unsuccessful in their efforts, the LCSAR teams called off the search at about 3:00 a.m. on October 19, resuming their efforts again the next morning. Roughly two-and-a-half hours later, rescue workers received word from the reporting party that the lost person had returned to their location.
The hiker said they lost sight of the trail and spent the night trying to find it. Once they found a trail, they had to navigate a series of other paths before finding the correct trailhead returning to their car.
The lost hiker also said they ignored repeated incoming calls because they didn’t recognize the number. The LCSAR posted a strong plea to hikers not to make the same mistake. If they miss their estimated return time and receive multiple calls from an unknown number, they need to answer so that searchers can confirm their safety.
As a quick side note, the Federal Communications Commission has a webpage that allows people to sign up to block unwanted robocalls and texts. You can find it on the FCC website and don’t worry — it won’t block calls from search and rescue teams.
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