Salt Lake County SAR uses drone to locate hiker on Mount Superior

South Ridge of Mount Superior/ Rescue

Rescue # 030: Cliffed Out Hiker/ South Ridge Mount Superior. Callout Time: 6:57PMDuration: 2 Hour 56 MinutesWeather: Cool and clearOther Resources: UPDWhat Happened: Salt Lake County Search and Rescue got called out on 06/23/2018 for a cliffed out hiker on the South Ridge of Mount Superior. An out of town solo hiker attempted to hike/scramble the South Ridge route. He had climbed up one of the scramble sections and didn’t feel he could go up any higher or climb back down safely and called for help. Search and Rescue sent a team up the South Ridge route as well as a second team up the main trail. GPS was putting him on the ridge about 10,000 feet. Search and Rescue deployed a drone to locate the patient. The team on the South Ridge route was able to get to the patient who had no injuries and hike him back down the route to the trailhead getting off just as dark was setting in. All teams got off the mountain just before 10PM. Thanks again to RMUS for setting us up with this amazing drone.

Posted by Salt Lake County Sheriff's Search and Rescue on Sunday, June 24, 2018

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah, June 24, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A hiker on the South Ridge of Mount Superior climbed as high as he could Saturday, then realized he couldn’t go any higher and he couldn’t climb back down.

The hiker from out of town had tried to hike/scramble the South Ridge route when he got stuck. He was alone, so he called for help, and Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue sent out two teams — one up the South Ridge route and a second team up the main trail.

“GPS was putting him on the ridge about 10,000 feet,” a SAR Facebook post said. “Search and Rescue deployed a drone to locate the patient.”

The team on the South Ridge route was able to reach the man, who was not injured. They hiked him back down to the trailhead before it was completely dark.

According to the post, the call-out time was 6:57 p.m., and everyone was off the mountain just before 10 p.m.

Unified Police Department assisted Search and Rescue.

SLCSO SAR thanked Rocky Mountain Unmanned Systems “for setting us up with this amazing drone.”

 

 

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