Cell phone call helps searchers locate hiker
SUMMIT COUNTY — Not all rescues by the Summit County Rescue Group involve dramatic avalanches and ice climbing accidents. Early Tuesday morning (Jan. 26), the rescue group was called to look for a lost hiker in the Keystone area.
According to the rescue group’s blog, the 23-year-old local was trying to hike from a house in Summit Cove back to his home in the Keystone area. Wearing only tennis shoes, the man lost his way and called 911 from his cell phone.
The Summit County Communications Center (dispatch) was able to pinpoint the hiker’s location with GPS data from the phone call. Rescuers staged at the end of the Keystone Ranch road, quickly located the subject, and evacuated him via snowmobile at approximately 3:30 a.m.
The hiker was lucky to have been able to get cell phone reception when he needed help, the rescue group said in a post on its blog site.
~ Source: Summit County Rescue Group