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Mohave County Search and Rescue helps three Saturday

A SAR team boards an AZDPS Ranger helicopter during a rescue earlier this year.
Photo courtesy of BUTCH MERIWETHER

A SAR team boards an AZDPS Ranger helicopter during a rescue earlier this year.

KINGMAN – Two calls kept Mohave County Search and Rescue teams busy Saturday.

The first crew went out about 11 a.m. Saturday after getting a call about a couple lost and stranded near the Hualapai Mountains.

Michelle Mestayer, 25, and Luke Tremlett, 27, both from Lake Charles, Louisiana, were traveling through Wikieup on Friday and decided to take a shortcut to Lake Havasu City by following their GPS navigation system.

According to sheriff’s spokeswoman Trish Carter, the GPS took them cross-country, directly west of Wikieup on several unmaintained dirt roads and trails. Their vehicle eventually got stuck on a rugged trail near Burch Peak in the Hualapai Mountains. The pair spent the night in their vehicle.

They left the vehicle Saturday morning and walked for about an hour and a half before finding a cellphone signal to call 911. SAR units from Lake Havasu City and Bullhead City responded at about 11 a.m.

Mestayer and Tremlett were brought to safety after being located about 2:10 p.m. nearly 10 miles east of the Chrysler Proving Grounds near Yucca.

SAR crews were out again on the Havasupai trail for an agency assist call.

According to Carter, a 23-year-old tourist injured his leg while hiking between Havasupai Falls and the Supai village. He reportedly fell down a steep ledge after trying to retrieve a fallen bag.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs arrived and called the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue assistance. The Kingman Arizona Department of Public Safety Ranger helicopter was instead called for a short-haul rescue after the Coconino County SAR team reported a three-hour response time.

A Kingman SAR unit short-haul technician responded with the DPS Ranger helicopter and assisted with the rescue. The man was taken to an ambulance for further evaluation.


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