Monday, March 26, 2012

Cell phones play a part in CCSO Search and Rescue missions over the weekend

Weekend Search and Rescue Missions
Flagstaff, AZCoconino County Sheriff’s Deputies and Search and Rescue Volunteers responded to a total of three missions this weekend two of which are described below.
On Saturday March 24, 2012 at about 2:00 pm Northern Arizona 911 Specialists received a cellular phone call from one of two individuals who were recreating in a four wheel drive vehicle when there vehicle became disabled and immobile in deep mud and in an existing snow pack.  According to the caller he and his companion were in the area of Hundred Dollar Hill, which is located northeast of the Doney Park subdivision. 
Members of the Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit were placed on stand-by and eventually deployed.  At approximately 7:30 pm two Deputies, who were searching both on foot and in vehicles, spotted the illuminated headlights of a vehicle in the approximate area where the two missing individuals were believed to be.  One of the Deputies established telephone contact with the reporting party and confirmed these were the individuals they were searching for.  The Deputies hiked to their location and escorted the two stranded subjects to safety.
On Sunday, March 25, 2011 at about 4:00 pm personnel assigned to the Northern Arizona Regional 911 Reception Center received a cellular phone call from a forty-five year old man, of Flagstaff, who reported being lost somewhere on Mt. Eldon .  The subject reported that he had injured one of his ankles and was experiencing other medical problems.  The caller believed he was being stalked by wild animals. 
The injured hiker called the 911 Center numerous times and disconnected the call numerous times.  Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies and Search and Rescue Volunteers were sent to the area.  Eventually a Sheriff’s Lieutenant, who manages the Search and Rescue Unit, spoke with lost individual and asked him to describe his surroundings.  According to the caller he was on a dirt trail and had been passed by several people who were walking their dogs.  The caller also said he was approximately hundred yards from a residence with its exterior lights on.  The Lieutenant instructed him to walk to the residence and request assistance.  Once in the area the caller observed a street sign and said he was at the intersection of Schaffer Lane and Adrianne Way .
Deputies and Flagstaff Police Officers were dispatched to that area and located the lost person.  He was transported to the Flagstaff Medical Center for minor injuries and a non-life-threatening medical condition.  Deputies believed that alcohol consumption by the lost hike played a major role in this incident.

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