Four Nights of Agony For Hunter Without GPS Tracker
One of the first things every survival expert will tell someone before they go on any type of hike or adventure is to make sure someone knows where you are going, how long you will be there, and have some communication/monitoring device such as a phone, walky-talky, or GPS tracking system in your possession. Unfortunately for Jeremy Cox, a man who was missing in the Arizona mountains for 4 agonizing days, he did not have a working communication device or hiking GPS tracking system.
On an early saturday morning, Cox hoped on his motorcycle to scout an area he intended to hunt later in the week. The area Cox planned to do his hunting at and drove his motorcycle through was considered extremely treacherous and dangerous. During Cox’s expedition through the rugged terrain, he fell off a trail and crashed his motorcycle, an accident that left Cox with multiple cuts and 2 broken bones in his ankle. Cox did not have a vehicle tracking device on his motorcycle, or a handheld GPS tracker in his retention. If he had either form of personal GPS, paramedics could have been able to quickly discover Cox’s location and help him.
GPS tracking devices now come with panic button features that can send urgent notification to any person watching the real-time GPS tracking data.
Lost While Hiking
Oddly enough, Cox was rescued by a different form of GPS monitoring system, a person who specializes in tracking and locating missing persons. Cox tried everything he could to signal rescuers his location, spelling out S.O.S. in giant letters in dirt, and waving his illuminated flashlight into the sky during the night, but none of his attempts were successful. Rescuers were finally able to find Cox when a tracker followed the path of Cox’s motorcycle.
Rescuers said that Cox did everything right to get their attention but sometimes finding a loud needle in a giant haystack is still difficult. The rescuers did mention that if Cox had a GPS tracker on him or his motorcycle that they would have been able to help him in less than 4 hours instead of 4 days.
When Cox was rescued, he was sent to Yavapai Regional Medical Center, where he is still being treated for his injuries. He is expected to make a full recovery from the incident.