|PCSO S&R command post at the Peralta Trail entrance.|
FLORENCE, Ariz. – Two hikers have been rescued by PCSO Search & Rescue teams after being stranded overnight in the Superstition Mountains.
On 12-19-2011 PCSO dispatch received a call from a concerned citizen who reported her friend went for a day hike that morning, but the friend and a fellow hiker never returned home.
The female hiker from Gold Canyon and her male friend from Scottsdale planned to hike the Connie Springs trail on the Southeast portion of the Superstition Mountains, but were unable to find their way back down the mountain.
|Using a cell phone signal, a PCSO S&R member writes down coordinates from the stranded hiker’s GPS location.|
The male hiker’s vehicle was located by PCSO at the Peralta Trailhead on Sunday evening. Just before dark, the male was able to dial 911 to report them being lost. Search & Rescue teams advised the lost hikers to stay at their current location.
Using a GPS signal from the phone, S&R located the hikers several miles away from the trail. Due to cloud cover, S&R members were unable to reach the pair by helicopter, but deployed one team by ground to make contact.
By Monday afternoon, the team located the missing hikers, who were flow out by a DPS Ranger helicopter.
After their rescue, the hikers were given water but did not require medical treatment.