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SAR and Volunteers Rescue Lost Man Searching for Gold


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  October 25, 2017


CONTACT: Courtney O’Keefe, Communications Specialist, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office
Courtney.O’, 425-388-3377, Media line: 425-249-6263


ARLINGTON, Wash. – Yesterday, at approximately 8:40 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit and volunteers from Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue responded to a rescue north of Arlington. A 61 year-old male from Seattle had been searching for gold when he became lost. The man called his girlfriend telling her he was lost and she called 911. Patrol deputies called the lost man on his cell phone and had him dial 911 to try and locate him via GPS coordinates. The first attempt was unsuccessful. SnoHawk 1 responded and had the man dial 911 a second time to try and get his coordinates. This time, with more enhanced coordinates, SnoHawk 1 was able to locate the subject and create a route for ground crews to reach the man. From the ground, using a mapping software, Search and Rescue personnel were able to cut through some thick brush and locate the man. He was dehydrated, cold and scratched up. Search and Rescue personnel escorted the man out of the woods, provided him with water and gave the man a ride to his girlfriend’s vehicle.