IVINS – A 62-year-old Chicago woman was transported out of the Hellhole Trail area near Ivins by the Washington County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Thursday afternoon after getting lost while on a hike.
The woman had started out on the Red Mountain Trail and intended to connect into the Gunsight Trail that leads into Ivins, where she would be picked up by her mother, Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Darrell Cashin said.
However, the woman ended up wandering off the trail and getting lost. Realizing she was lost, and running low on water, the woman contacted 911. Dispatchers were able to get GPS coordinates to her position, and the woman was advised to stay in place and wait for emergency responders.
Cashin said the trails in the Red Mountain area aren’t always marked, which can lead to hikers getting lost.
“It happens a lot, unfortunately,” he said.
Search and Rescue personnel began arriving at a staging area about 4:30 p.m. Due to the rugged terrain between the hiker and the responders, the Life Flight helicopter at Dixie Regional Medical Center was called in to pinpoint the woman’ s location and then take responders as near to the site as as possible.
The operation itself was “nothing overly dramatic,” Cashin said. The whole thing lasted about four hours as responders helped the woman out of the area. She had experienced some dehydration but ended up refusing medical care. The incident wrapped up about 8:30 p.m.
Though the incident turned out to be relatively minor, Cashin said a primary challenge that Search and Rescue operations face in the area is the terrain. If they hadn’t had access to the Life Flight helicopter, the operation could have lasted half the night.
“It’s where (the hikers) end up being that’s the problem,” he said.
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