Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Five hikers safe after getting lost in Rattlesnake Canyon

Boat team member pulling 
in to shore to pick up members
Helicopter dropping off 2
 of the remaining 5 missing hikers
MESA COUNTY, Colo – At 5:14 p.m. Tuesday May 31st, 2016 Mesa County Search and Rescue team responded to a 911 call concerning a group of lost hikers.

The group of 2 adults and three teens were hiking near Rattlesnake Arch and ran out of water.

They left Pollock Bench trailhead the night before for an overnight hike and became lost on their return.

The Mesa County Search and Rescue Ground Team was able find them about a half a mile away from the river.

Ground Team members 
waiting to board the boat
With the help of a helicopter and boat, all five hikers were returned safely.

No one was injured.

With summer temperatures upon us, please take EXTRA precautions when enjoying the outdoors. 

Hikers can lose one or two quarts (liters) of water per hour. Strenuous hiking in hot weather can more than double that amount!! 

Helicopter crew headed home 
after successfully rescuing all 5 hikers
Plan your route ahead of time, and make sure someone not in your hiking party knows your plan and expected time of return. 

You can't always depend on your cell phone! It may run out of battery or you may find yourself in an area with no cell or GPS coverage.

Also don't forget to take your CORSAR card! Click here to get yours today! It helps us help you!!