He got lost in the mountains, deliberately not taking a call from rescuers from an unknown number

An unnamed man got lost last week during a hike around Mount Elbert, Colorado. As he did not call anyone for 24 hours, a search was announced for him. Repeated attempts to contact the mobile phone turned out to be unnecessary, as the lost tourist refused to take a call from an unknown number.

According to a rescue report from LSCAR (Lake County Search and Research), the man went to the mountains on October 18 at nine o’clock in the morning and still did not return to the place of accommodation at twenty o’clock. The search team tried unsuccessfully to find him overnight.

However, at about half past nine in the morning the next day, the missing man returned and explained that when it got dark, he got out of the way and got lost. Eventually he managed to get to the car in the light, about 24 hours after he went on the hike. According to his own words, he had no idea that a search had been announced for him and he deliberately did not pick up an unknown number.

Rescuers then stressed in their report that visitors to the mountains should pick up all the numbers, especially if they are late. “It could be paramedics who want to know if you’re safe. Especially if you do not follow the planned itinerary of your announced tour, ”said LSCAR in a statement on social networks.

The problem of unsolicited calls

There, reactions to the behavior of the tourist immediately began to multiply, which, according to some discussants, should have picked up the phone in any case. However, LSCAR tried to calm the emotions. “Remember that when you get lost in nature, you don’t act like you do from the comfort of your home,” rescuers stressed.

People in the US often do not answer calls from unknown numbers because unsolicited calls are the order of the day. A February SurveyMonkey survey for Insider found that as many as 46 percent of Americans have at least one unsolicited call each day, and another 24 percent receive such a call several times a week.

In the US, there is even a special register where citizens can register to prevent unsolicited sales calls. However, even the registration of a telephone number is not a 100% guarantee of peace of mind from unknown numbers.