Lost Day Hikers Near Atalaya Peak

At 2:00pm on Wednesday, July 14, 2016, NM State Police received a 911 call from two female hikers reporting they were lost near Atalaya Peak. They had hiked to Atalaya Peak, turned to go to Pacheco Peak, but turned around before reaching Pacheco to return to Atalaya Peak. They missed Atalaya Peak and ended up east of the Peak at approximately 2:00pm, unsure of their location or the location of the trail back to their vehicle, with no water and a failing cell phone battery. They elected to stay in place and seek help with their cell phone. After Search and Rescue responders arrived at Incident Base, the Incident Management Team was able to establish cell phone contact and directed the subjects to load the APP <findmesar> on their phone which gave, as it turned out, an exceptionally accurate Lat./Long position for the subjects. Ground teams in the field were redeployed to the location and the subjects were found, rehydrated, medically assessed and escorted back to Incident Base for nourishment and hydration.

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