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Posted on: July 10, 2018

Air 1 Locates Lost Hiker on Mt. Spokane

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Air 1 Locates Lost Hiker on Mt. Spokane


A hiker who ended up getting turned around and lost on Mt. Spokane was located by Air 1 early this morning.  Air 1 directed Search and Rescue to the hiker successfully ending the search.  The hiker was provided food, water and although uninjured, medical attention to ensure he was okay.  


On July 9, 2018, an adult male went for a hike on Mt. Spokane.  Starting off at the area of the Selkirk Lodge, he ended up losing his bearings and became lost as it became dark.  He called 911, but with spotty cell phone service and a very low battery, his calls were continually dropped and his location coordinates were uncertain. 


Due to the large amount of heavily treed and rugged terrain needing to be searched, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue and Air 1 were requested to respond to locate the lost hiker.   


Early this morning, Air 1 successfully located the male in a ravine as he walked along what appeared to be a logging road.  Air 1 Flight Crews guided a Search and Rescue Deputy to his location, where he was provided food and water.  He was transported out of the backcountry and medically cleared after what ended up being an all-night, approximately 18-mile hike.


This Air 1 video show the hiker being found.  The video shows the dramatic difference between the use of FLIRR technology and normal camera view even though it was light out. 


Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue would like to remind hikers of a few tips if they find themselves getting turned around and lost:


  1. Call for help when you know you’re lost, before it’s dark.
  2. No one ever expects to get lost; bring clothing and supplies with you: food, water, warm clothing, cellphone, compass, GPS and a flashlight/strobe light should be carried as a precaution, even on a short hike.
  3. If you do have a cellphone, put it in “Airplane” mode to conserve your battery. As you leave good cell phone coverage, your cell phone will expend a lot of power as it continually searches for a connection.
  4. Bring a map of where you’re hiking; know where you are as you’re enjoying our beautiful parks and wilderness. In addition to possibly helping you find your way back if you get lost, making notes along the way can be used when planning hikes in the future.


Thank you to all our Volunteer Pilots and Search & Rescue Volunteers! Your willingness to give your time to help us and our community is greatly appreciated!

 

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