Teenage Hiker Down to 8 Ounces of Water Before CHP Rescue

A teenager hiker was down to eight ounces of water when he was rescued by a California Highway Patrol helicopter in Alpine County. 5/6/15
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A teenager hiker was down to eight ounces of water when he was rescued by a California Highway Patrol helicopter in Alpine County.

The Sacramento Bee reported that 18-year-old D'Artagnan Driscoll of Apache Junction, Arizona sent a rescue signal Sunday night after realizing he was running out of water. He started with over 50 pounds of supplies at the start of the trail.

"How I got lost was, I was hiking at night and I had a headlight on, and the trail was obscurred by snow, I got lost and set off my locator beacon at 11:57 at night," said D'Artagnan Driscoll.

Driscoll used a hand-held GPS device to call for rescue and was found about nine hours later when he realized he was in over his head.

"When I first saw the helicopter it was one of the happiest moments of my life," he said.

The teenager was on the Pacific Crest Trail in remote Alpine County on a two-month hike from Sonora to Canada. He says he used a cellphone application to find water sources on the trail but discovered that they had dried up.

Driscoll originally began his hike near the California-Mexico border but was driven to Sonora when he couldn't find water in Southern California.


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