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Satellite Phone Helps Hiker Rescued in S. Utah

Satellite Phone Helps Hiker Rescued in S. Utah

Posted - Mar. 19, 2004 at 7:22 a.m.



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(Cedar City-AP) -- Some high-tech gadgets are credited with rescuing a Colorado State University student stuck on a ledge in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Matthew Martin was hiking Wednesday when he slipped and slid 150 feet down an icy shale slope before falling off a 30-foot drop.

Martin's mother told The Salt Lake Tribune he was stuck on a ledge about 10 feet by 50 feet.

But the 20-year-old was smart enough to bring help with him. Using a satellite phone, he called his parents in Indiana and asked them to call for help. He used his Global Positioning System to relay his coordinates to rescuers.

Search and rescue got to him early yesterday morning. He had a gash on his head and "road rash," but Martin was treated and released from the hospital.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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