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Lost teenager found
A 15-year old boy from northern Utah became separated from his hiking party at around 8 a.m. on April 25, in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. He was hiking with his older brother and family friends.
The hike was supposed to start very early morning, but the guide was not feeling good about their surroundings. They decided to sleep at that location, and resumed their hike early the next day.
That didn''t work well either. The boy soon became separated from the group.
Finding him was especially important, according to the Kane County Sheriff''s Office, because he has a health condition that needs medication.
The teen said he walked east in Dry Fork Gulch for approximately a quarter mile, and then climbed out of the wash because he was lost.
According to his account, he was able to make his way into Scorpion Gulch and followed it until he got to the Escalante River. He went south less than a mile where he met up with campers, who hiked six additional miles to make a 911 call to Kane County Dispatch.
Many people and agencies responded. Utah Department of Public Safety was able to send a helicopter in to help the teenager from the Dry Fork Trailhead. He was transported by Classic Lifeguard Medial Helicopter Service to Kanab. He was in good physical condition, and being treated at the Kane County Hospital. The youth is reportedly in good condition.