WASHINGTON COUNTY – A young couple was rescued from the Warner Valley area after their Jeep became stuck in a precarious position near a cliff edge early Monday morning.
A call was placed to the St. George Communications Center around 2 a.m. Monday after a man and woman, believed to be in their early-20s, had gotten their vehicle into a dangerous position and became stuck, Washington County Sheriff’s Detective Nate Abbott said.
“The vehicle was right near a cliff,” Abbott said, ” … and they didn’t want to move it for safety reasons. They needed some help and assistance. They didn’t feel safe in the spot that they got stuck, so they called dispatch.”
Approximately 10 Washington County Search and Rescue volunteers responded to the incident.
“They were able to hook up to the Jeep and pull it back into a position where to where they could drive it out of there,” Abbott said. “(We) got them pointed in the right direction and sent them on their way.”
Abbott recommends that people who plan to go out exploring try to familiarize themselves with the area before going out.
“We encourage people to go with somebody that’s experienced or familiar with the area, and to be aware of the surroundings out there,” Abbott said.
If people are going to be out exploring at night, Abbott said, it’s a good idea to become familiar with the area during daylight hours, and to have proper lighting.
“There are some pretty rough spots out in that area that pose some dangers,” he said, “especially with low visibility.”
Two deputies responded to the incident along with rescue personnel, Abbott said. The operation was wrapped up by about 3:40 a.m.
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