WASHINGTON—Two women became stranded and lost in the area of the Mill Flat Trail of Pine Valley last night. Washington County Search and Rescue crews were dispatched by St. George Communications Center after a call for help was received early evening. The crews found them at 12:42 a.m. today, disoriented and out of water.
“She isn’t in any medical distress,” SAR Deputy Darrell Cashin said at approximately 8:30 p.m. He was communicating with one of the women on the phone, as Search and Rescue was tracking them via her phone’s GPS although her phone was almost dead at the time.
The women had been horseback riding with their dog when they got lost. They were all found about 50-60 feet off the trail, and 3 miles from the trail head. The trail was steep and rocky.
Anyone could get lost even 20 feet from the trail in the dark, Cashin said.
“It’s the best thing they could do,” Cashin said of the women calling for help .
Both women were found healthy and no medical attention was needed.
Many calls like this have been coming in lately, Cashin said, “people nearly out of water and going too far and not planning for if something goes wrong.”
People need to take enough water with them when they go out hiking this summer as one can easily become disoriented without it when dehydration is coupled with heat.
“Always plan for that little extra,” Cashin said. “If they are going out for a full day, they should bring a gallon of water per person per day.”
There were six Search and Rescue personnel, Cashin, and a lieutenant involved in the operation.
St. George News reporter Michael Flynn contributed to this report.
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