Two Lost Hikers Found Sunday


March 26, 2018

Two unidentified hikers reported lost in Pisgah Forest early Sunday morning were found safe later that day.

According to Dale Whitlock, the Transylvania County Rescue Squad’s chief, “visual contact” with the two hikers was made at 11:10 a.m., more than five hours after they were reported missing.

“We received the call early Sunday, and I got the call around 5:40 a.m. that two subjects were missing,” Whitlock said. “We established command and sent an ATV team down South Mills River Trail.”

According to the coordinates they were given, Whitlock said the two hikers were possibly in the area somewhere between South Mills River Trail and Squirrel Gap Trail.

Eventually, they were able to make phone contact with the two hikers.

“We discovered by talking with them that they weren’t on a trail to begin with, but had cut through Cantrell Creek to save time and miles, but by getting off the trail, they proceeded to get lost,” Whitlock said.

Whitlock said the two hikers then set up camp for the night.

The hikers reported it was difficult because of the rain, keeping them from keeping a fire going to stay warm.

“Luckily, they didn’t suffer from hypothermia, but they could have,” Whitlock said.

Whitlock said when they were finally located, they required no medical treatment, and were able to get them out of the forest on ATVs by around 3 p.m. on Sunday.


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