Stranded Hiker Telephones for Help

Stranded Hiker Telephones for Help

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A hiker who feared to return on his own after it got dark called on his cell phone for help and was brought down by the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Patrol.

The man called from East Canyon about 7 p.m. Sunday, saying it was dark and he didn't have a flashlight. He didn't want to go down alone, sheriff's Lt. Jay Southam said. The man was not hurt or lost.

The sheriff's office tried to guide him down by phone, but his cell reception was not strong enough.

"It's kind of a nuisance. He's not hurt or anything. But it's probably wise. He doesn't know what he might step on coming down at night," said Southam. "He could break his leg, then we would have to mount a search for him in the morning, not knowing where he is."

Rescuers reached him at 9:58 p.m. and they and the man were down from mountain at 10:54 p.m., the sheriff's office said.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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