Davis County hiker rescued for the second time this year
Search and rescue crews pulled a stranded Davis County man off a mountain Saturday morning, just months after they rescued him from the same area.
The 52-year-old man began hiking the Great Western Trail above Fernwood Park, near Layton, about 5 p.m. Friday but never returned home, according to Davis County Deputy Jammie Embley.
Crews briefly conducted a search for him Friday night, but called it off after the man’s family said he had food, water, and adequate clothing to last through the night.
The search resumed at first light Saturday morning, Embley said. By about 9 a.m., an AirMed helicopter was deployed and crews located the man about 10:30 a.m. Embley said the man was checked out by medical teams and released at the scene.
"He got tired and was unable to make it down the mountain," Embley added.
The man brought a cellphone, but the battery died Friday evening.
The incident was the man’s second run-in with search and rescue. Embley said he became stranded while hiking the same spot during the spring, which prompted a search and rescue effort to save him.
Saturday’s incident is being screened by the Davis County Attorney’s office to see if charges could be used to help the county recoup the cost of the rescue.
Embley went on to say that the trail the man was hiking is highly technical with significant elevation gain. She added that incidents like the one that happened Saturday can be avoided by always hiking with a partner, making sure cellphones are charged and matching trails with skill level.