Monday, March 17, 2014

Search & Rescue For Two Adults On Saturday

Two Adults Call 911 Lost North Of Cameo

Mesa County, Colo. -- Two adults, in their early 50's, went out on a hike into the Spring Creek Trailhead area on the morning of Saturday, March 15, 2014. Around 9 p.m., the local dispatch center received a call that the two hikers were lost and close to running out of water.

Find the missing hikers after dark would typically be an additional challenge, but on this night, St. Mary's Careflight helicopter was available to assist with the search. This helicopter is equipped such that it has the capability to fly at night. The two hikers had a flashlight with them, and were located by search and rescue personnel. Mesa County Search and Rescue Ground Team and ATV Team made contact with the hikers and assessed them, then escorted them back to their vehicle.

The hikers self reported no injuries and no need for medical attention. The Search & Rescue mission was completed in about 2 hours. Our agency does not charge people who need the services of Search & Rescue in Mesa County as we never want cost or fear of cost to hinder anyone from reporting an incident that requires Search & Rescue services. However, anyone who registers outdoor vehicle/equipment, purchases a fishing license, etc. is financially supporting the volunteer efforts of our Mesa County Search & Rescue members when the state reimburses us for qualifying missions. 

In addition, SARC in Mesa County is entirely made up of volunteer members who train well for a variety of potential missions in our area. It is also a state statute for Sheriffs in Colorado to provide or manage Search & Rescue services, this is a unique legislative requirement as search and rescue missions are not managed by Sheriffs nationwide.

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