Yesterday I posted a story of a 23-year-old hiker who activated his EPIRB in the Shining Rock Wilderness area in North Carolina. He was found safe yesterday late in the afternoon about 1 ½ miles from Camp Daniel Boone, his original destination.
Michael Brechner, of Canton, was dropped off by his mother on Tuesday for an 8-day solo hike. On the day he was to return, he activated his EPIRB and a search and rescue mission began.
Brechner became lost, exhausted and required assistance. Due to his unforeseen circumstance, he planned on camping one more night, but emergency crews reached him in time. He is in otherwise good condition and was escorted out of the wilderness.
Even after the ordeal, he completed his trip around the same time he planned. Interesting note on the EPIRB. Since his unit transmits a satellite signal to the unit’s manufacturer, rescuers were unable to track him during the search. Rescuers would only be able to track radio signals.
Maybe you should consider a different kind of EPIRB?
Read the full story here.