ST. GEORGE — The Iron County Sheriff's office, in collaboration with Southern Utah University Aviation, located a 77-year-old man who spent up to 24 hours stranded in his vehicle in remote northwest Iron County last weekend.
The man, whom Iron County Sheriff Lt. Del Schlosser said was a resident of northern Utah, was checking on a mining claim in the Pinto Springs area. After not checking in with his family the morning of the rescue, they contacted the hotel where he was staying to discover he did not check in the night before. After being contacted, the sheriff's office coordinated with Southern Utah University Aviation, which was able to quickly locate the man's vehicle on Jan. 15 and direct officials to its location.
"Once they were on scene to the general area, they were (able to locate the vehicle in) nine minutes, I believe," Schlosser told Cedar City News.
The Sheriff's office shared a video and description of the rescue in a Facebook post Saturday morning.
The man's truck had a dead battery. Schlosser couldn't say if the cause of the incident was the vehicle breaking down or the man becoming lost.
He had food and water but reportedly told responders he would not have survived another night in the freezing temperatures in the dead vehicle. Schlosser said the man was in good condition at the time of the rescue. The victim had a knee replacement recently, according to the Facebook post.