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Camper Lost in New Mexico Rescued Two Weeks After Search for Her Was Called Off
FOX/AP ^ | January 14, 2007

Posted on 01/15/2007 4:32:56 AM PST by nuconvert

Camper Lost in New Mexico Rescued Two Weeks After Search for Her Was Called Off

January 14, 2007

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A camper who became stranded nearly five weeks ago in a national forest because she could not cross a swollen river was rescued Sunday, more than two weeks after the search for her was called off.

A New Mexico National Guard crew waded across the icy Gila River to rescue a dehydrated and weak Carolyn Dorn of South Carolina, who entered the Gila National Forest alone on Dec. 6 for a two-week camping trip.

Two brothers found her Friday evening while hiking, said search and rescue coordinator Frankie Benoist of Silver City.

"They were walking along the river and heard a call for help," she said. "They would not have seen her if she had not called out. By that time she was very weak. She is extremely lucky."

Dorn was too weak to cross the river, so the brothers left food, water and wood for a fire and went for help, Benoist said. It took them a day to hike out and contact rescuers, who called in the National Guard.

"We needed a large helicopter ... one with night vision and a hoist, and we also needed a medic on board because of her condition," Benoist said.

Dorn was hospitalized in Silver City and should be fine, Benoist said. Her condition was unavailable.

Dorn, who travels often to Silver City, had planned to camp for two weeks. But five days into her trip, it rained and snowed and the Gila River rose, trapping her, Benoist said.

"The river got big, as she put it, so she did not want to cross it again," Benoist said. "It had become too dangerous and also she did not want to

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New Mexico
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1 posted on 01/15/2007 4:32:58 AM PST by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert

OK, it's been 30 minutes with no responses. I'll start teh party by being thankful she got rescued but wondering who would be dumb enough to go camping in the woods with no plan or return date and not letting anyone know where she went.


2 posted on 01/15/2007 5:05:01 AM PST by cyclotic (Support Cub Scouting-Raising boys to be men, and politically incorrect at the same time.)
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To: nuconvert

This lady is extremely lucky to still be alive. Kudos to the hikers and how they handled the situation.


3 posted on 01/15/2007 5:06:45 AM PST by TADSLOS (Iran is in the IED exporting business. Time to shut them down.)
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To: nuconvert

Tough woman, but not too bright.


4 posted on 01/15/2007 5:12:28 AM PST by DB
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To: cyclotic

lol.
What woman goes out camping alone?
I thought the search only lasting 2 days was kind of insulting.


5 posted on 01/15/2007 5:13:38 AM PST by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: nuconvert
...She is extremely lucky...

If she was lucky she wouldn't have gotten lost in the first place.

6 posted on 01/15/2007 5:15:31 AM PST by FReepaholic (If daydreaming were an Olympic sport I'd be a gold medalist.)
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To: cyclotic

Zactly.


7 posted on 01/15/2007 5:16:14 AM PST by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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To: nuconvert

That too, but that would be overstating the obvious.


8 posted on 01/15/2007 5:17:01 AM PST by cyclotic (Support Cub Scouting-Raising boys to be men, and politically incorrect at the same time.)
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To: nuconvert

"What woman goes out camping alone?"

Actually, this should say "what person goes camping alone?". Stupid decisions don't know gender. :-)

If she knew she was going to go camping out that far, she should have let a ranger know & left a map with her intended route & location in her car.


9 posted on 01/15/2007 5:17:45 AM PST by Londo Molari
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To: nuconvert

Yet another example of a backcountry explorer who could have used a cell phone and a cell phone charger ($19.00). Fortunately, this time the lost person lived.


10 posted on 01/15/2007 5:20:08 AM PST by Captain Rhino ( Dollars spent in India help a friend; dollars spent in China arm an enemy.)
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To: nuconvert
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Dorn's brother-in-law, Stan Cornine -- who traveled to Silver City from South Carolina during last month's search -- told the Las Cruces Sun-News at the time that Dorn was an experienced camper who was at home in the outdoors.

Cornine, who described Dorn as "very much a free spirit," said he and his wife sometimes would go for more than a year without hearing from her. But he said she had called before she headed to Silver City to let her family know.

Carolyn Dorn was rescued after she went missing in Gila National Forest, New Mexico, nearly five weeks ago.

Written by Bruce Daniels - ABQnewsSeeker   
Friday, 29 December 2006
Official search called off, but family keeps vigil for 52-year-old.

Carolyn Dorn, 52, a familiar face to people around Silver City and Grant County, went missing some time around Dec. 6, and her locked Mazda was found on Dec. 11 parked in a ravine off Turkey Creek Road in the Cliff/Gila area, but a subsequent search turned up nothing, the Silver City Sun-News reported today on its Web site.

Her ATM card was used in Las Cruces on Dec. 6 and her cell phone was used to check voice mail messages on the same day in Las Cruces, but apparently no one has seen her since, her brother-in-law Stan Cornine, who arrived in Silver City on Wednesday from his home in South Carolina, told the Sun-News.

Cornine described his wife's sister as a "free spirit," who wasn't often in touch with her family, but said he last heard from Dorn in early December, at which time she said she was heading west, possibly to Silver City, the Sun-News said.

Before that, Cornine said, his sister-in-law had called during the summer to say she was living in Florida, the paper reported.

"She could very well be camping or her car could have become stuck and she went for help," Cornine told the Sun-News. "She may be snug in an apartment somewhere," he said, adding however that she had told her family of suicide attempts in the past.


11 posted on 01/15/2007 5:20:47 AM PST by dennisw (Don't let your past become your future -- Georges Gurdjieff)
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To: nuconvert
Didn't she leave an itenerary with someone?

I don't go out in the wilderness without leaving an itinerary with a trusted friend and then I don't deviate from that itinerary.

Tossing a flare gun and some flares in the back pack wouldn't be all that bad of an idea, either.

L

12 posted on 01/15/2007 5:20:59 AM PST by Lurker (Europeans killed 6 million Jews. As a reward they got 40 million Moslems. Karma's a bitch.)
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To: dennisw
My dad was one of those free spirits.

Wouldn't hear a word for months on end and then get a post card from Japan or Californneeeeeeeya...

13 posted on 01/15/2007 5:24:01 AM PST by OldFriend (THE PRESS IS AN EVIL FOR WHICH THERE IS NO REMEDY)
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To: dennisw

"an experienced camper who was at home in the outdoors."

She was almost permanently "at home in the outdoors"


14 posted on 01/15/2007 5:24:54 AM PST by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: Captain Rhino
Huge areas of the world, esp. remote wilderness areas, remain far outside cellular network coverage.

People entering wilderness areas are much better off with a registered PLB.

NOAA-SARSAT

15 posted on 01/15/2007 5:35:14 AM PST by xsrdx (Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas)
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To: nuconvert
She's lucky that they found her at all, rather than just a pile of bones, if she got lost in Gila...


16 posted on 01/15/2007 5:36:25 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner ("Si vis pacem para bellum")
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To: Captain Rhino

Cell phone service in the backcountry is exremely spotty. In fact, cell phones lead to "negative risk compensation". That means a hiker attempts things s/he would not normally attempt figuring if they get in trouble they can use the cell to call for help.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergency_Position-Indicating_Radio_Beacon

These are better 'cause they work anywhere but still lead to people doing things they shouldn't be doing.


17 posted on 01/15/2007 5:39:20 AM PST by Locomotive Breath (In the shuffling madness)
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To: Captain Rhino

i doubt that there was a cellphone signal available anywhere near where this woman was camping in the wilderness.


18 posted on 01/15/2007 5:42:38 AM PST by fatrat
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To: nuconvert
Sounds like Chris McCandless, the clueless 'free spirit' who got trapped by a swollen Alaskan river and starved to death in 1992; whose story was told in Jon Krakauer's book "Into the Wild".
19 posted on 01/15/2007 5:45:27 AM PST by Heatseeker
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To: Lurker
I don't go out in the wilderness without leaving an itinerary with a trusted friend and then I don't deviate from that itinerary.

I wonder what her expectations and commitment were. Maybe she "hangs it out there" for a taste of real freedom and sense of self. You know, the Jim Bridger sort of person. In that case, an itinerary would would only act a belay when she wanted to free climb.

I leave itineraries because I have a wife, chidren, and grandchildren who are more important to me than the thrill of cutting myself completely free.

As an after-thought, she should probably take one of Tom Brown's survival courses.

20 posted on 01/15/2007 5:46:17 AM PST by Tom Bombadil
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To: Lurker
Tossing a flare gun and some flares in the back pack wouldn't be all that bad of an idea, either.

A flare gun in that environment is a good way to set the woods on fire and cause a much worse situation. If you are going into the backwoods, or even if you are going to be driving out in the middle of nowhere in winter conditions, spring for a 406 Mhz PELT. I keep one in my flight bag, but I also carry it when I go skiing, on overnighter hikes or anytime that I think I might need it. A simple signal mirror is another good way to show your position without causing a wild fire.

21 posted on 01/15/2007 5:48:10 AM PST by Thermalseeker (Just the facts, ma'am)
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To: Heatseeker

Yeah it does. Someone else just reminded me of that story.


22 posted on 01/15/2007 5:51:55 AM PST by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: FReepaholic
...She is extremely lucky...

If she was lucky she wouldn't have gotten lost in the first place.

You make your own luck.

23 posted on 01/15/2007 5:58:05 AM PST by Lion Den Dan
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To: FReepaholic
...She is extremely lucky...

If she was lucky she wouldn't have gotten lost in the first place.

You make your own luck.

24 posted on 01/15/2007 5:58:06 AM PST by Lion Den Dan
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To: TADSLOS

"extremely lucky"

Luck is the residue of good planning.


25 posted on 01/15/2007 5:58:58 AM PST by Locomotive Breath (In the shuffling madness)
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To: nuconvert

--I thought the search only lasting 2 days was kind of insulting.--

? She was lost on 12/6 and they called off the search on 12/29?


26 posted on 01/15/2007 6:02:28 AM PST by UpAllNight
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To: Heatseeker
I just finished that book last week.

I admire Chris's free spirit. However, this guy was clearly an idiot. He may have had the basic goods to last the summer, (apparently not), but he knew nothing of the place and certainly would not have lasted fall, never mind winter.

He foolishly thought that all his previous luck was somehow skill on his part.

Chris was an idiot -- The author as well

27 posted on 01/15/2007 6:03:31 AM PST by Bear_Slayer (When liberty is outlawed only outlaws will have liberty.)
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To: nuconvert

For the poor judgment in not leaving an itinerary, she showed good judgment on the trail once the predicament arose - it's what kept her alive.


28 posted on 01/15/2007 6:10:30 AM PST by Buckhead
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To: Bear_Slayer

It is a great week for rescues!


29 posted on 01/15/2007 6:10:39 AM PST by ClaireSolt (Have you have gotten mixed up in a mish-masher?)
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To: Lion Den Dan
You make your own luck.

THANK YOU! Finaly, somebody else who gets it......

30 posted on 01/15/2007 6:16:18 AM PST by Thermalseeker (Just the facts, ma'am)
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To: cyclotic

She can't be too dumb, she survived for weeks, she must have known at least something of survival skills.


31 posted on 01/15/2007 6:21:40 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Buckhead

--For the poor judgment in not leaving an itinerary, she showed good judgment on the trail once the predicament arose - it's what kept her alive.--

It says she built fires to keep warm. Usually a national forrest is monitored for fires. Creating some smoke would bring someone to investigate.


32 posted on 01/15/2007 6:25:25 AM PST by UpAllNight
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To: UpAllNight

"The search began Dec. 24 and ended Dec. 26. On the third day, after a large group of searchers with all-terrain vehicles, dogs and horses failed to find any clues, the search was called off, Benoist said."


33 posted on 01/15/2007 6:29:17 AM PST by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: Captain Rhino

I agree with you, she should have had a cell phone. But I wondered why the brothers did not have a cell phone either?
And then they left her all alone while they both together went for help together? Perhaps she wanted it that way?


34 posted on 01/15/2007 6:32:08 AM PST by rawhide
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To: Captain Rhino

Most of NM has no cell coverage. I'm only 20 miles from Albuquerque and nada, zip, zilch.


35 posted on 01/15/2007 6:35:17 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Yes and the Mountain lions and Bears would love to run into a snack like her too. She is very lucky.


36 posted on 01/15/2007 6:35:27 AM PST by reagandemo (The battle is near are you ready for the sacrifice?)
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To: dennisw
...told the Las Cruces Sun-News at the time that Dorn was an experienced camper who was at home in the outdoors.

Then she should have known the dangers.

37 posted on 01/15/2007 6:35:39 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Thermalseeker
spring for a 406 Mhz PELT.

Thanks, I'll look into that.

As far as the flare gun goes, I've kept mine from my days as a boater. Where I'm from there's usually not much danger of fire, at least not like in the West anyway.

But I'm the paranoid camper type. I've got a signal mirror, a whistle, some pen flares, and a large marine type smoke flare in my pack.

L

38 posted on 01/15/2007 6:36:45 AM PST by Lurker (Europeans killed 6 million Jews. As a reward they got 40 million Moslems. Karma's a bitch.)
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To: nuconvert

After the 26th searches would have been more difficult as we've had some record snows as of late. The National Guard has been dropping feed to cattle and hauling stranded folks out of their houses.


39 posted on 01/15/2007 6:38:49 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: UpAllNight
From the article:

The search began Dec. 24 and ended Dec. 26. On the third day, after a large group of searchers with all-terrain vehicles, dogs and horses failed to find any clues, the search was called off, Benoist said.

40 posted on 01/15/2007 6:39:36 AM PST by Mr. Brightside
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To: Thermalseeker

I've heard toilet papering a tree is a pretty good way to get attention, since they're a pretty rare occurance in nature, or using some of that bright orange plastic construction zone tape, like the kind police use to mark off crime scenes. I know ounces count when backpacking but something more permanent than flares would be good.


41 posted on 01/15/2007 6:40:39 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Heatseeker

Yeah, but as it turned out, wasn't he close to a foot bridge (I mean almost ridiculously close) so he could have crossed the river that was "trapping" him?


42 posted on 01/15/2007 6:43:01 AM PST by WV Mountain Mama (2007 resolution: learn how to rail a berm.)
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To: fatrat

i doubt that there was a cellphone signal available anywhere near where this woman was camping in the wilderness.

That's why they call it...The wilderness, ;)


43 posted on 01/15/2007 6:43:25 AM PST by BigCinBigD
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Ah. That explains things a bit.


44 posted on 01/15/2007 6:43:28 AM PST by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: reagandemo
Bears are in hibernation and the smallish black bears don't pose much of a problem for older women anyway (young women who are menstruating can be attacked). Cougars? I don't how many are left in the Gila. Also have re-introduced wolves in the area.
45 posted on 01/15/2007 6:43:28 AM PST by CedarDave
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To: Lurker
Thanks, I'll look into that.

Here's a link to the manufacturer of the one I have:

http://www.acrelectronics.com

These have a discrete code that is registered, along with your personal contact info, with NOAA. Some even have GPS's built in and transmit your exact position to the satellite.

46 posted on 01/15/2007 6:45:23 AM PST by Thermalseeker (Just the facts, ma'am)
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To: rawhide

--I agree with you, she should have had a cell phone.--

My cell phone goes out in spots within a few miles of a major city. No way is there coverage 20 miles into a forrest.


47 posted on 01/15/2007 6:46:39 AM PST by UpAllNight
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To: Tijeras_Slim

I don't think the Gila got too much as most of the storms were in the central area of the state north. You still digging out up there?

15 degrees this morning with a stiff wind here in the patch...


48 posted on 01/15/2007 6:50:59 AM PST by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave

We got about 2 more inches yesterday morning. It's 3 degrees right now, but the wind is down. The garbage truck hasn't made it up here since December.


49 posted on 01/15/2007 6:54:42 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: DB
Tough woman, but not too bright.

She was smart enough not to try to cross the Gila River during storm surge.

My Dad's family moved there just before he turned six years old. They finally moved back to Alabama when he was in his teens. The change in that river is impressive when it gets high.

Maybe next time she could put a gila monster on a spit like Mick Dundee might have done.

50 posted on 01/15/2007 7:14:19 AM PST by higgmeister (In the Shadow of The Big Chicken)
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