Two Indiana teens rescued from Saline Co. wilderness area

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.

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