Hiker missing on Mount Hood found wet and cold, but OK

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by Teresa Blackman / KGW.com

NWCN.com

Posted on May 17, 2010 at 8:18 AM

Updated Monday, May 17 at 11:49 AM

ZIG ZAG, Ore. – Search and rescue has found a hiker who used his cell phone to call for help Sunday after becoming lost in snow on Mount Hood, near Devil’s peak

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says searchers found 25-year-old David Patkowski about  a quarter mile from Green River Canyon. He is wet, cold, tired and hungry but otherwise in good shape and will walk out with the search and rescue team.

The Sheriff’s Office said a man who identified himself as Patkowski called 911 around 7 p.m. on Sunday. He told the dispatcher that he had been hiking along Hunchback Trail, headed to Devil's Peak, when he ran into snow and got disoriented.

Dispatchers told him to stay put and they would send rescuers to find him and safely lead him out of the snow. The man said he was not prepared for a night in the snow and didn't have much in the way of supplies.

A team of about 20 rescuers ventured out overnight, including a group with equipment to pinpoint cell phone signals. Early Monday morning, they were able to zero-in on the hiker's location. They said Patkowski managed to get another call out before 8 a.m. and said he was in an open field awaiting rescue.  

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