Published by The Bee News

March 14, 2023

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Around 11am Sunday (3/12) morning, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the National Park Service that a 35-year-old male hiker had become lost in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area while hiking to the hot springs, south of Hoover Dam. He had left to go hiking Saturday (3/11) morning around 10am and had planned to be back home in Las Vegas by 8pm that night. He had taken some supplies, but had become lost off the trail system and unable to navigate back to the trail head. He called the National Park Service for help about 6pm Saturday evening and was given coordinates to navigate to Highway 93 from his location, but his cell phone battery was almost dead – unable to last long enough to make that trip. He was out of food and had a little water left. After confirming that his vehicle was still parked at the trailhead, Park Rangers hiked out Sunday morning to his location to assist him back to safety, but he was not there – although some of his items were there (clothing and keys). Search and Rescue was activated and began a route a location search – along with air support from Classic Air’s Medical Helicopter. Search teams located him in a wash trying to survive. He was out of water, dehydrated, lost and hungry. He had lost some of his gear (clothing and vehicle keys) during the night – and with no flashlight, was unable to locate them. He was brought back to the Command Post and medically evaluated. Search and Rescue wants to remind everyone that when you call for help – to stay put. He is lucky to be alive! Great job by everyone!

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