Lost Hiker Reunited with Family

Written by The Bee News

October 5, 2020

JACOB’S WELL, ARIZONA STRIP

Late Saturday (10/3) evening, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue received a call from the family of a 56-year-old male who had gone missing near Jacob’s Well on the Arizona Strip. He had been driving a quad with a group of other recreationalists, when his low fuel indicator light came on. He went ahead of the group to return to their staging area, near the Arizona/Utah State line.

When the rest of the group made it back, they realized he had not returned and began looking for him. After unsuccessfully locating him, they called the Sheriff’s Office for help. Search teams (including BLM Ranger, DPS Air Rescue, and National Parks Service Ranger) were activated and began a route and location search. About 8:30am Sunday (10/4) morning, through a combined team effort, he was located safe and uninjured south of where he was last seen. While he had enough water and supplies with him, he had taken a wrong turn and headed the complete opposite direction he intended and then ran out of fuel.

Temperatures overnight dropped into the 30s and in this remote region of the Arizona Strip, there was no cellular service for emergencies. Rescuers reunited him with his family. Search and Rescue would like to remind everyone when traveling in the rugged, remote backcountry of the County to never travel alone and be prepared. Great job by everyone!

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