Skip to comments.Camper Lost in New Mexico Rescued Two Weeks After Search for Her Was Called Off
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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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.
This lady is extremely lucky to still be alive. Kudos to the hikers and how they handled the situation.
Tough woman, but not too bright.
What woman goes out camping alone?
I thought the search only lasting 2 days was kind of insulting.
If she was lucky she wouldn't have gotten lost in the first place.
That too, but that would be overstating the obvious.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
Wouldn't hear a word for months on end and then get a post card from Japan or Californneeeeeeeya...
"an experienced camper who was at home in the outdoors."
She was almost permanently "at home in the outdoors"
People entering wilderness areas are much better off with a registered PLB.
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.
These are better 'cause they work anywhere but still lead to people doing things they shouldn't be doing.
i doubt that there was a cellphone signal available anywhere near where this woman was camping in the wilderness.
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.
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