Lost hiker aids rescuers with cell phone GPS

2011-05-10T11:27:00Z Lost hiker aids rescuers with cell phone GPSBy DAILY SUN STAFF Arizona Daily Sun
May 10, 2011 11:27 am  • 

A man became disoriented and lost while hiking the San Francisco Peaks yesterday and ultimately helped rescue himself using the GPS technology on his cell phone.

According to the Coconino County Sheriff's Office, dispatchers received a call at around 5:30 p.m. on Monday from an Ohio woman who reported that her husband was hiking in the peaks and couldn't find his way out.

The man had retrieved his GPS coordinates using his cell phone and emailed them to his wife in Ohio. The Sherriff's Office then deployed eight search and rescue volunteers to the area where the lost man had said he was. Rescuers located the man just before 10 p.m. last night.

The Sheriff's Office said that the man was cold, but didn't require medical attention. Rescuers helped the man get warm and then brought him to safety.

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