PARAGONAH — Members of the Iron County Search and Rescue team set out Sunday to assist two people who got their truck stuck near Paragonah.
At approximately 2:08 p.m., officials received a call from a man who said his truck had gotten stuck in the mud on Upper Bear Valley Road, leaving himself and a woman stranded, Iron County Sheriff’s Cpl. Jeff Humphries said. With no cellphone service, the man had to walk about a mile in order to call for help.
“When you get out there in the hills, you can lose cell coverage,” Humphries said. “That’s something people need to remember and understand.”
Approximately 12 members of the search and rescue team were deployed to assist the stranded motorists, who were too far into the remote area to walk out safely, Iron County Sheriff’s Deputy Doug Seirup said.
The team arrived on scene and transported the two back to safety at 5:18 p.m., Humphries said.
Motorists becoming stranded is a problem that happens every year, Humphries said, and could be easily avoided if drivers would be honest with themselves about the limits of their vehicles.
“They need to turn around a lot sooner,” Humphries said. “That’s what it really comes down to.”
Another moral of the story, Humphries said, is to remember if the road continues to get progressively bad, do not continue on. It is also never a bad idea to take a second vehicle to help out in case one gets stuck.
Because of the cold temperatures, Humphries said, the vehicle was left at the scene and a tow truck will be sent to retrieve it sometime Monday.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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