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Hiker rescued after phone GPS batteries fail

September 25, 2012
By MIKE LYNCH - Outdoors Writer (mlynch@adirondackdailyenterprise.com) , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE - Forest rangers rescued an Albany area man in the Seward Range Saturday night, after he became lost while attempting to use his cell phone to navigate.

Bernard Hyatt, 43, of Latham, ran into problems when the navigation application on his cell phone stopped working because the batteries had weakened, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Realizing he was lost, he called 911.

A Franklin County 911 dispatcher was then able to text Hyatt and determine his general vicinity before the phone's batteries died completely.

Forest rangers then checked a trailhead registry to determine where Hyatt had started his hike. Three forest rangers were able to find Hyatt by 10:20 p.m. on Donaldson Mountain. During the last stretch, they were able to follow the sounds of his whistle.

Hyatt was returned to his vehicle by 12:45 a.m. Sunday.

Hyatt was attempting his final peaks to become an Adirondack 46er, a club for people that have climbed the 46 High Peaks that were originally believed to be above 4,000 feet. He did not have a map or compass.

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