Two Indiana teens rescued from Saline Co. wilderness area - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Two Indiana teens rescued from Saline Co. wilderness area

SALINE COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -

Two Indiana teens who became lost in the Garden of the Gods Tuesday evening were rescued by Saline County officials.

The pair had been hiking on a trail from the northwest side of the Garden of the Gods and entered a creek. 

The hikers apparently became disoriented and were unable to return to the trail.

The Saline County Sheriff’s Office and the Equality Fire Department responded to the area, and began a search of the area.

At 10 p.m. the two teens were located and escorted back to their vehicle.

Assisting in the search was the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and Saline County EMS.

Saline County 911 telecommunication officials were able to plot the callers location and were able to guide the hikers and the rescuers to each other.

Garden of the Gods is a wilderness area with several hiking trails and out cropping of rock formations, in Southeast Saline County, about 12 miles southeast of Harrisburg, IL.

Saline County Sheriff Keith Brown reminds visitors to the Garden of the Gods area, that they should wear appropriate shoes and clothing, bring water, and a fully charged cell phone.

In addition, let someone know where you are going and what time you should be returning. 

“This is a wilderness area and there is wildlife in the area, that includes snakes. It takes a while for first responders to arrive to the park and even longer to locate someone in the park,” said Sheriff Brown. “The Garden of the Gods area doesn’t have good cellular coverage, so being dependent on a cell phone is not always an option. Bring a whistle or something that might get some ones attention if you become lost."

Saline County 911 does have the ability to receive for 911, and has used this technology previously to aided lost hikers out of the park as well.

Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android

Copyright 2015 KFVS. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Texas lieutenant governor calls for 'hardening' of schools

    Texas lieutenant governor calls for 'hardening' of schools

    Saturday, May 19 2018 11:51 PM EDT2018-05-20 03:51:30 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 11:22 AM EDT2018-05-20 15:22:50 GMT
    (Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP). April Salinas, second from right, her daughters Meah, 13, and Macee, 6, and Jeramiah Kelley read notes left at memorial behind Texas First Bank, Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. A gu...(Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP). April Salinas, second from right, her daughters Meah, 13, and Macee, 6, and Jeramiah Kelley read notes left at memorial behind Texas First Bank, Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. A gu...

    The mother of one slain student said her daughter may have been targeted because she rejected advances from the suspect, who was an ex-boyfriend of her daughter's best friend.

    The mother of one slain student said her daughter may have been targeted because she rejected advances from the suspect, who was an ex-boyfriend of her daughter's best friend.

  • Mother has message for son after he's arrested for stealing car

    Mother has message for son after he's arrested for stealing car

    Saturday, May 19 2018 8:49 AM EDT2018-05-19 12:49:30 GMT
    Evelyn Thompson (Source: WMC Action News 5)Evelyn Thompson (Source: WMC Action News 5)

    A police chase in Memphis ended with two suspected car thieves in police custody, and one angry mother with a message for her son behind bars. 

    A police chase in Memphis ended with two suspected car thieves in police custody, and one angry mother with a message for her son behind bars. 

  • Scam Alert: 'Royal Name Game' could cost you royally

    Scam Alert: 'Royal Name Game' could cost you royally

    Saturday, May 19 2018 11:32 PM EDT2018-05-20 03:32:48 GMT
    (file)(file)

    The Royal Wedding on Saturday has created a lot of social media buzz but one ‘game’ could cost you if you participated.

    The Royal Wedding on Saturday has created a lot of social media buzz but one ‘game’ could cost you if you participated.

Powered by Frankly