Rescuers prepare for what could be a busy Memorial Day weekend

May 25, 2024, 4:05 PM

Search and rescue crews braced Friday for a potentially busy Memorial Day weekend as they urged peo...

Search and rescue crews braced Friday for a potentially busy Memorial Day weekend as they urged people to prepare for the elements. (KSL TV)


PLEASANT GROVE — Search and rescue crews braced Friday for a potentially busy Memorial Day weekend as they urged people to prepare for the elements.

According to Steve Gorrell, incident commander with Utah County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue, crews have already seen a surge in call-outs in recent weeks, including earlier this week at Battle Creek Trail.

“It got dark and they didn’t have much light and had lost, kind of, their group,” Gorrell said. “Their group found them, and we helped find the rest of the group and brought them down with lights and everything.”

Gorrell also noted other recent responses, including those at Sundance, Mount Timpanogos, and Utah Lake.

“Everything is green this time of year, and so it’s a great time to be out and these trailheads along the Wasatch Front here are very popular right now,” he said.

Gorrell urged people to be safe and prepared by familiarizing themselves with the trails they take, using charged phones and charging devices, and taking extra water and layers to stay hydrated and warm.

Gorrell listing tips about keeping safe outdoors while hiking and enjoying the wilderness. (KSL TV)

He said there was still a lot of snow above 10,000 feet, and temperatures are colder at higher elevations than people might expect.

Read the full story and more from Andrew Adams on KSL TV.

Related: How to stay safe on the water during Memorial Day weekend

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