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Lost hikers highlight need for preparation

Chief Frankie Baker and other members of the Norfork Volunteer Fire Department spent several hours recently looking for a pair of lost hikers. Baker has tips for those who are contemplating a hike.

A brief story of a group of hikers who set out totally unprepared for their hike. Just a few simple measures and preparation could keep you safe and well.

At approximately 4:45 p.m. on that day, Baker’s department was paged out for a pair of lost hikers, just 22 minutes prior to sunset. Dispatchers told Baker the couple and their two dogs had been hiking approximately 30 minutes when they found themselves off the trail and lost.

To make matters worse, either their cell phone signal was weak or their phone battery was dying. Additionally, their flashlight batteries had died, leaving them with no way to visually signal rescuers.

Chief Frankie Baker and other members of the Norfork Volunteer Fire Department spent several hours recently looking for a pair of lost hikers. Baker has tips for those who are contemplating a hike. (Photo: Josh Dooley/The Baxter Bulletin) NORFORK — A day hike nearly turned disastrous for a couple […]

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