Not having returned to the lodge where he was staying, a hiker was reported missing around 8 p.m. on October 18. He had undertaken a hike on Mount Elbert (United States), the highest point of the Rocky Mountains in North America.
Search and rescue services then attempted to reach him by phone but their numerous attempts, including calls, texts and voicemail messages, went unanswered, reports The Guardian.
A team of five rescuers is sent to find him around 10 p.m. to search the areas where walkers are most likely to get lost. They returned around 3 a.m. without being able to locate the man.
Not aware of being wanted
A second team sets out to find him 4 hours later. Rescuers again search the areas where hikers “generally lose track”.
Around 9:30 am, they finally learn that the man has returned to his place of accommodation. He had indeed got lost at nightfall and had taken the trail of “different trails to try to find the right starting point”. He was unaware that help was looking for him.
“One notable thing to remember is that the subject ignored our repeated phone calls because he did not recognize the number,” the Lake County Search and Rescue Service, where Mount Elbert is located, said via a Facebook post. .
“If you are behind on your route, and start receiving repeated calls from an unknown number, answer the phone; it may be a search and rescue team trying to confirm that you are safe! ”, they recalled.
When panic makes you lose all logic
Faced with the many criticisms and virulent reactions concerning the behavior of the hiker who disappeared under their publication, the Lake County Search and Rescue Service nevertheless recalled that “what seems to be common sense in hindsight is not obvious to someone by the time he is lost and panics “.