64-year-old hiker rescued

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Volunteers from Drone Optics, a local drone video company assisted with multiple UAV flights while GFD personnel searched on foot for the missing hiker. (GFD photo)

The Guam Fire Department has rescued a 64-year-old hiker who got lost in the Pagat Caves area.

Just before 10 pm Saturday night, GFD received a call for the missing hiker.

According to GFD spokesman Kevin Reilly, the 64-year-old male called 911 after getting lost while trying to find his way back from the caves earlier that afternoon.

Rescue units were unable to contact him directly; however, he was able to call Guam Fire Dispatch only sporadically throughout the early morning.

In addition, he was using an older model cell phone with no data features or GPS.

Volunteers from Drone Optics, a local drone video company assisted with multiple UAV flights while GFD personnel searched on foot for the missing hiker.

According to Reilly, the man was able to hear and eventually spot the drone above him, giving rescuers a clearer area to search. At 07:03 am Sunday morning, rescue personnel were able to locate the missing hiker.

Although dehydrated, Reilly said the man is in good health and is being escorted back to the trailhead.

GFD would like to stress to the community that while they are enjoying outdoor activities, they should do so safely.

GFD advises hikers to always carry enough water and food, a charged cell phone (preferably with GPS and data), and always use the buddy system. Be aware of the weather throughout the day, and always let others know where you will be going and what time you will be returning.

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