Rescuers find hiker, dehydrated but alive, after 6 days lost

(National Parks Service)

(National Parks Service)

GLEN CANYON, Utah — A Utah hiker is safe and in good health after a 6-day multi-agency search to find him.

The 72-year-old Richfield, Utah, man disappeared while hiking the Hole in the Rock area of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Kane County, according to the National Parks Service. He told a friend before leaving that he planned a day hike to Lake Powell. His friend called the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office to report the missing hiker on Sept. 2, four days after the man left to go hiking, the NPS says.

Investigators traced his cell phone to the Hole in the Rock area, where they found his car parked at the Willow Creek Trailhead and found his name on the trail registry. The Utah Department of Public Safety and the Bureau of Land Management joined the Kane County Sheriff’s Office and the National Parks Service on a multi-agency search.

Rescue teams found the man on Sept. 4 around 2 p.m., 2.5 miles southwest of the trailhead. The man was using his shirt to wave at the helicopter, the NPS says. Crews flew the severely dehydrted man to Escalante for medical evaluation. He is expected to make a full recovery.

“This hiker’s life was saved by a call from a concerned friend,” said Alan Alldredge, Chief Deputy at Kane County Sheriff’s Office. “Hiking with a friend, and letting someone know specifically where you plan to hike, and when you plan to return, can make the difference between life and death.”

Source: KUTV