Emergency responders urge tourists to stay home after rescue in Emery County

Apr 4, 2020, 6:57 PM | Updated: 7:21 pm
Emery County Search and Rescue are calling on Utahns to stay home and practice social distancing after rescuing a mother and son who got lost while hiking. (Photo: Emery County Sheriff's Office)
(Photo: Emery County Sheriff's Office)

EMERY COUNTY, Utah — The Emery County Sheriff’s office is calling on out-of-state tourists and Utahns to adhere to Gov. Gary Herbert’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home” directive after search and rescue crews were called to rescue a mother and son who got lost while hiking.

The mother and her 11-year-old son are from Colorado, which is under a statewide stay-at-home order. The mother told the emergency responders they traveled to Emery County after a Utah friend told them hiking was permitted so long as she didn’t stay the night in Emery County.

The duo was hiking the Bell Canyon and Little Wildhorse Canyon loop Friday when they got lost on the trail. The mother managed to find a cellphone signal to call the county Search and Rescue team.

She gave the responders her GPS coordinates and was advised to stay put until the rescue team arrived.

Seven members of the county rescue team made the two hour trip to the stranded pair using motorcycles and side-by-sides to reach the area.

When the team located the mother and son, they were asked to put on Tyvek suits, N95 masks, gloves and safety glasses as a precaution to prevent any potential spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The team was able to return the family to their car so they could return to Colorado.

Emery County Search and Rescue is using the experience to call on Utahns to take Gov. Herbert’s stay home directive seriously.

“ECSO encourages all to follow COVID-19 orders and directives across the nation without trying to bend the rules or find loopholes,” the rescue team said in a Facebook post. “Over 49 man hours were expended on this rescue and valuable resources were used. Our rescuers and first responders respond professionally and rapidly without thinking of their own safety.”

While the responders were happy to do their jobs, they also stressed the importance of the rescue team’s safety.

“They are trained to serve and protect,” the ESCO team said. “Please do your part to help keep them safe by following the orders and directives that are in place.”

Today’s Top Stories


buffalo shooter...
Becky Bruce and Mark Jones

Former U.S. Attorney says shootings such as the one in Buffalo are hard to predict

Shootings such as the one in Buffalo are hard to predict, says John Huber, former U.S. District Attorney for the District of Utah.
20 hours ago
A southern Utah teenager died over the weekend at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park in Kanab after t...
Mark Jones

Southern Utah teenager dies in digging accident state park in Kanab

A southern Utah teenager was killed Saturday at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park when the sand dune he was digging in collapsed on top of him.
20 hours ago
crews work to contain the left fork fire...
Samantha Herrera

Left Fork fire management left to local units

The Left Fork fire in Dixie National Park had crews working to contain it for days. Crews faced red flag fire warnings during their efforts.
20 hours ago
Fire destroyed a shed and caused a power outage in Pleasant Grove...
Dan Bammes

Fire sets off a propane explosion in Pleasant Grove

A Pleasant Grove fire led to a burnt shed and a power outage over the weekend.
20 hours ago
A Salt Lake City police officer works at the scene of a collision on Redwood Road and 700 North in ...
Chandler Holt

Motorcyclist dead after I-15 crash

The driver was heading northbound on I-15 when he rear-ended a vehicle and was ejected from the motorcycle. After getting thrown off the motorcycle, he was struck by another vehicle.
2 days ago
motorcycle crash...
Waverly Golden

Motorcyclist killed in St. George accident

Motorcyclist hit in St. George and died due to injuries.
3 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?

Tax Tuesday: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Filing Their Taxes

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.

Tax Tuesday: How will last year’s child tax credits affect you?

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.

Tax Tuesday: Key Information Before the Filing Deadline

Businesses can receive a credit of up to $5,000 per employee in 2020 and up to $21,000 per employee in 2021.
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Emergency responders urge tourists to stay home after rescue in Emery County