Search and rescue assists in search for 2 stranded men

HURRICANE — The Washington County Search and Rescue team was called out Thursday morning to assist the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office in locating a missing 77-year-old man who became lost south of Hurricane in the Warner Valley area.

The man, along with a companion, left for a Jeep ride Wednesday through the desert south of Hurricane. Mike Thomas, Washington County Search and Rescue commander, said the Jeep got stuck about 5 p.m. Wednesday. The Jeep was located Thursday morning at 5 a.m., but only the man’s companion was found with the vehicle. The 77-year-old had gone to look for help and never returned.

Units from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office were called to assist in the search Thursday morning at about 7 a.m. The Bureau of Land Management and search and rescue also responded, along with two helicopters from Mercy Air and Life Flight, to help locate the man.

The man was found Thursday morning at about 10 a.m. after he walked close enough to Hurricane to get a cellphone signal, Thomas said. The man called his wife and described where he was, and she passed the information on to Mohave County officials. Washington County was notified, as well, and the man was located south of Warner Valley Road.

Both men were found in good condition and did not need to be transported to the hospital.

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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  • ScanMeister March 12, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Too bad the Jeep did not have a Ham Radio. Great coverage for Ham Radio in that area. Good reason to get licensed as a ham radio operator and outfit the Jeep with a Ham mobile radio. Utah has some challenging terrain for cell phones. When all else fails…..Amateur Radio comes through.

    • Bender March 13, 2015 at 9:08 pm

      That’s a big 10-4 good buddy.

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