Cell­phone saved lost hiker’s life, po­lice say

Ottawa Citizen - - CITY - PAULA MCCOOEY pm­c­cooey@post­media.com

OPP say a cell­phone may have helped to save the life of a lost Gananoque hiker af­ter she was able to call po­lice on a trail.

On Dec. 4 at about 5 p.m., Leeds and the Thou­sand Is­lands OPP were alerted to a hiker who had lost her way.

Po­lice say the 51-year-old woman was lucky she had a cell­phone with her and was able to con­tact po­lice for help.

Af­ter a five-kilo­me­tre walk, Leeds OPP of­fi­cers lo­cated her safe on the trails and es­corted her back to her ve­hi­cle.

Leeds OPP com­man­der Insp. Mike Fran­cis re­minds hik­ers to al­ways plan their routes, bring maps and GPS and be pre­pared for ad­verse weather. Other tips in­clude: Leave in­for­ma­tion about your where­abouts on the dash of your car, have a charged cell­phone, food, water and med­i­cal sup­plies; al­ways let some­one know where you are go­ing and when you think you’ll be back; and wear proper cloth­ing and footwear.

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