IVINS – Two hikers were rescued late Friday night after becoming stranded in the dark on the Red Mountain.
The hikers, a 76-year-old man and his son, had scaled the mountain from the Ivins side early that afternoon, intending to reach the Red Mountain Trailhead on state Route-18. But they became lost as night fell, unable to make their way back safely.
They contacted a family member via cell phone, who notified Washington County Sheriff Search and Rescue of their predicament. Life Flight was dispatched to locate them.
The two men were picked up by a ground rescue team around 11:30 p.m. Despite being exposed to the elements for several hours, they were not injured and suffered no health issues.
“Fortunately, they took safety precautions by bringing food, water, flashlights and warm clothes,” Washington County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Bailey said.
“Thank you so very much for rescuing my Husband and Son!,” Donna Lighfoot Sumner posted to the Search and Rescue team on their Facebook, “It was a worrisome night and your prompt response was such a comfort! Words just can not express my gratitude to all of you for your skill and dedicated service! We wish you all a glorious Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year! Warmest regards!”
Hiking is popular year-round in Southern Utah, and risks are present no matter the climate or conditions. To keep excursions enjoyable and safe, Washington County Sheriff Search and Rescue offers safety tips that all should read and apply.
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