Search and rescue assists stranded couple on Upper Bear Valley Road

Members of the Iron County Search and Rescue team respond to an area near Upper Bear Valley Road to rescue two people, Iron County, Utah, Jan. 25, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Search and Rescue, St. George News

PARAGONAH — Members of the Iron County Search and Rescue team set out Sunday to assist two people who got their truck stuck near Paragonah.

At approximately 2:08 p.m., officials received a call from a man who said his truck had gotten stuck in the mud on Upper Bear Valley Road, leaving himself and a woman stranded, Iron County Sheriff’s Cpl. Jeff Humphries said. With no cellphone service, the man had to walk about a mile in order to call for help.

Members of the Iron County Search and Rescue team responded to the area near Bear Valley Road after two people became stranded when their truck got stuck, Iron County, Utah, Jan. 25, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Search and Rescue, St. George News
Members of the Iron County Search and Rescue team respond to an area near Upper Bear Valley Road to rescue two people, Iron County, Utah, Jan. 25, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Search and Rescue, St. George News

“When you get out there in the hills, you can lose cell coverage,” Humphries said. “That’s something people need to remember and understand.”

Approximately 12 members of the search and rescue team were deployed to assist the stranded motorists, who were too far into the remote area to walk out safely, Iron County Sheriff’s Deputy Doug Seirup said.

The team arrived on scene and transported the two back to safety at 5:18 p.m., Humphries said.

Motorists becoming stranded is a problem that happens every year, Humphries said, and could be easily avoided if drivers would be honest with themselves about the limits of their vehicles.

They need to turn around a lot sooner,” Humphries said. “That’s what it really comes down to.”

Another moral of the story, Humphries said, is to remember if the road continues to get progressively bad, do not continue on. It is also never a bad idea to take a second vehicle to help out in case one gets stuck.

Because of the cold temperatures, Humphries said, the vehicle was left at the scene and a tow truck will be sent to retrieve it sometime Monday. 

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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6 Comments

  • ladybugavenger January 25, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Gotta love the Search and Rescue teams!

  • Free Parkimg January 26, 2015 at 5:24 am

    Yep

  • dghws January 26, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    The advice from my Grandpa was if you have to go out in the winter and So. Utah/No. NV clay soils, go out in 2WD and then when you get stuck, put it in 4WD and go home. His advise hasn’t failed me yet…

  • arrowone January 26, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    There was a time when one had to get themselves unstuck.

    • My Evil Twin January 26, 2015 at 6:29 pm

      Wait until he gets the tow bill! He will need a “fund raiser!”

      • Free Parkimg January 26, 2015 at 11:05 pm

        Oh wow that’s really funny you got everybody laughing oh yeah your a riot. yeah that’s really funny

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