Busy weekend for Search and Rescue

By: KKCO - Email
By: KKCO - Email

Spring lured lots of people outdoors over the weekend but some adventures ended in Search and Rescue missions.
Three incidences kept Mesa County Search and Rescue volunteers busy.
Friday night searchers found an Iowa man near Bangs Canyon who was overdue to meet friends after he experienced bike trouble.
Saturday an Eckert woman, hiking alone, got stranded on a ledge in the Kodells Canyon area. She used a cell phone to contact help.
And yesterday, Byron Bjornson of Grand Junction was hiking in Bangs Canyon and separated from his family.
After an all night search, he was found after he used his cell phone to reach rescuers. Bjornson spent the night in a piece of construction equipment he found.
Officials say no one was injured but none were ready for the elements and remind everyone to be prepared before heading outdoors. Be sure to pack a backpack of food, water, matches, map/GPS equipment, warm clothing, and a cell phone. Always tell someone where you're going so searchers have a place to start looking. They also say never to attempt finding someone yourself, call 911 immediately instead.


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