Survivor Club

Rescue Map

fellow hiker was in grave danger

Name Rita W.
Product Name ResQLink™ PLB
Date of Rescue 02/19/2017
Saved By Las Vegas Metro Police Search and Rescue
Beacon Purchased From REI
Lives Saved 1

My account of the dire situation that occurred on Feb. 19, 2017 at Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas Nevada.

A group of 30 or so expert hikers was going to a peak named Calico Tanks Peak in Red Rock Canyon. The hikers range in age from 26 to 78 years. The day was cloudy and the rocks and ground were wet from the previous day’s rain. Temperature at noon was around 50 Degrees Fahrenheit , wind variable 5-15 mph.

Very near the peak was a tricky maneuver on sandstone rocks that broke when one of our oldest and most experienced hikers was making that maneuver. She fell backwards and down causing a probable broken arm, severe lacerations and possible back injuries.

She was in great pain and bleeding profusely. She is also 78 years old. There were medical professionals on the hike that administered first aid and quickly determined she was in shock and needed to get to a hospital immediately. It would have been virtually impossible to get her off the mountain by walking or carrying her down. The weather was turning colder and daylight was now a factor. It was around 2:15pm.

I deployed the ResQLink knowing that our fellow hiker was in grave danger triggering a response in less than 1 hour from our highly trained Las Vegas Search and Rescue by helicopter that was able to zero in on our location with ease because of the dual frequency design. The officer in charge stated they really appreciate the ResQLink Personal Locator Beacon as it makes their job a little easier and more efficient. The determination was made that she needed to be airlifted from the peak to a waiting ambulance.

I am happy to report at this time that she is alive and planning to hike again when she recovers thanks in no small part to the ResQLink.