7 people rescued from remote area near Willcox
The FLIR camera on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection aircraft captured this photo of the abandoned jeep the family took shelter in overnight.
WILLCOX, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Crews rescued 7 people after they went missing for nearly two days in a remote area southwest of Willcox, Ariz.
Carol Capas with the Cochise County Sheriff's Office tells KGUN9 that they received word Thursday of several people lost near the dry lakes.
The caller said there were three adults and four children who went there Wednesday.
Their vehicles broke down, leaving them stranded. The caller said no one had food or water to last them through the day.
Originally, a man, his friend and his four children were in the lake bed when they broke down. Then the man's wife came to the area to try and rescue them, but she then got lost and broke down as well.
The man left his children with his friend to try and find his wife. He made contact with her and decided to wait until morning to walk back to where the others were waiting.
When they eventually made it back, the friend and the four children were not there.
They followed foot tracks toward a power plant but ended up near the railroad tracks.
At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, deputies sent out the Search and Rescue Team. At about 10:40 p.m. the man and woman were found by the tracks in distress and taken to a mobile command post in Willcox for medical treatment. They both refused treatment.
It wasn't until 3:00 a.m. that the four children and friend were found in a remote area of the dry lake bed. They were taken by a DPS helicopter to the command post where they were found to be in good health.
Crews from the Sheriff's Office, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Arizona Department of Corrections dog chase team all assisted in the rescue.