2012-12-13 / Community

Lost hunter found safe

Downstate man loses way, returned to cabin

MANISTIQUE – A lost hunter was successfully recovered Sunday, following a brief search by local law enforcement.

The 41-year-old man from Lower Michigan became lost while deer hunting in Manistique Township. According to a press release from the Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s Department, the man reported he had become lost at approximately 4 p.m. to Negaunee Regional Dispatch.

The man noted that he was uninjured, but that the temperature was dropping. He also indicated he had been staying with a group of men in a cabin near Cal’s Road.

Using the man’s cell phone signal, the dispatcher was able to determine his location and attempted to direct the man back to the cabin. After the man noted he was too tired to continue, the sheriff’s department, Michigan Department of Natural Resource, and Manistique Public Safety officers began a search of the area.

Just after 7 p.m., DNR officers located the man who was cold, but otherwise unhurt. The man and officers emerged from the woods two hours later and were assisted by Manistique Public Safety Ambulance. The man was later returned to his cabin.

“I am very happy with the way this rescue played out,” said Sheriff Grant Harris. “The terrain in that area is very unforgiving and posed many challenges for the personnel conducting the rescue. The dedicated rescuers were not stopped by anything as they worked their way toward the lost subject. Even though they were cold, wet, and tired themselves, they found and brought the man to warmth.”

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