Maybe he just thought it was someone calling to extend his car warranty, but a lost hiker missed his opportunity to be rescued when he did not answer the call from searchers because “he didn’t recognize the number.”
A hiker lost on a mountain in Colorado ignored repeated calls from rescuers — later explaining that he had been unfamiliar with the phone number, authorities said.
The unnamed person was reported missing after he didn’t return from an expedition October 18 on Mount Elbert, the highest peak in the state, Lake County Search and Rescue said.
Search crews canvassed the area the following day but couldn’t find any signs of the hiker, officials said. Officials said a team of five people set out at 11 p.m. to search for the missing hiker and stayed out until 3 a.m. on October 19. A team of three then picked up the search a few hours later, at 7 a.m., looking in areas where hikers typically get lost.
The team then tried to call the hiker but were unable to reach him, authorities said.
The hiker had apparently wandered off the trail and spent the night looking for it.
After being lost and missing for 24 hours, the hiker his way out and made it to his car, officials said.
The person apparently didn’t know that a search team had been looking for them.
“The subject ignored repeated phone calls from us because they didn’t recognize the number,” rescuers wrote on Facebook.
“If you’re overdue according to your itinerary, and you start getting repeated calls from an unknown number, please answer the phone; it may be a Search and Rescue team trying to confirm you’re safe!”
Now, can I talk to you about your auto warranty?
8 thoughts on “Lost Hiker Missed Rescue Team, Ignored “Spam” Calls”
don’t you think if you were lost and had a cell phone you’d call 911????
that should have been his first call!!!!!!!!! what was he thinking?? absolutely
This hiker didn’t even know anyone was searching for him.
The reason people are asking for an itinerary is so that if they are overdue someone will start looking for them. It is possible that he could have been injured and unable to call.
The hiker could have saved a whole lot of trouble by answering an unkown number or having called to notify people that he had just a minor problem.
I want to know……
Are his parents baby boomers????
If not, then HiS parents were raised by baby boomers!!!!
Common sense disappeared
If i answered all the unknow caller i would be on the phone all day and i do not answer numbers i do not know most want to sell you some thing or get your vote why did it not say rescue team or some thing so they would know what it was i really hate unknown numbers
You have to have “rescue team” entered into your phone before it will show you that the “rescue team” called. Are you his wife?
God I hope he hasn’t reproduced.
Call him and text at the same time ask to answer the call!