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Search and Rescue Volunteers Locate Lost Hikers

Posted 2/3/2014 11:24 AM by MDGREGORY

On Saturday night, February 1st, 2014, Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted Mt. Spokane Park Rangers in locating a 47-year-old father and his 24-year-old son who were lost on Mt. Spokane. Park Rangers received a phone call from the pair at about 5:00 p.m. advising they were lost. Deputies determined the cell call came from the Blanchard cell tower which led deputies to believe the pair was on the north side of the mountain.

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Air 1 responded to assist with the search. Due to low cloud level, deputies were not able to utilize the helicopter. About 20 volunteers from the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue program responded to the scene. Volunteers utilized snowmobiles and at about 5:00 a.m., Sunday, February 2nd, they located the lost hikers. The father and son had made a fire, stayed in one location and waited for rescuers to find them. The father and son were dressed and prepared for the weather conditions. They had appropriate clothing, food and had fire making material. Search and Rescue volunteers medically treated the pair and determined it was safe for them to hike off the mountain. They received further medical attention by paramedics once off the mountain and were both in good health.

Deputies are confident that if the father and son were not properly prepared, they more than likely would not have survived.

Anyone interested in becoming a Search and Rescue volunteer can contact the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue coordinator Deputy Thad Schultz at 509-477-7610.