UPDATE: 56-year-old El Paso hiker rescued after nearly 8 hour search

Sunday, November 3, 2013 - 9:13pm

UPDATE #2: A 56-year-old woman who got lost on a hike Sunday evening was rescued in the early morning hours Monday.

El Paso Fire Department officials said members of the Combined Search and Rescue (ComSAR) team were able to communicate with the woman, but were having trouble pinpointing her exact location.

Rescuers reached the woman about 2 a.m. Monday. She initially called for help at 6 p.m. Sunday evening.

The woman was not injured. Paramedics checked her out on the scene, then allowed her to leave with her husband.

Many hikers prefer hiking during this time of year because of the cooler temperatures. The El Paso Fire Department provided the following hiking safety tips.

Remember to carry enough water (one gallon per person per day is recommended)
Plan your hike appropriately and never start late in the evening unless you are fully prepared for the darkness.
Always dress for comfort.
Be extra cautious of your footing when encountering loose rocks.
Never leave for a hike without informing a responsible person.
Always carry your cell phone and call 9-1-1 in case of any emergency.
Never go off the trail.
Never hike alone.

UPDATE: The El Paso Fire Department called out 40 members of the Combined Search and Rescue Team to the scene. They also requested a DPS helicopter to help with the search.

ORIGINAL: El Paso firefighters were searching for a 56-year-old woman who became lost on the northeast side of the Franklin Mountain.

The El Paso Fire Department spokesperson said the woman and her husband went on a hike Sunday. At some point, they separated and her husband called for help at about 6 p.m.

Twenty-five members of the Combined Search and Rescue Team searched for her.

They said the woman was not on a hiking trail, did not have water or a flashlight.

They talked to her on her cell phone. The fire department said the woman was not injured.


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