Accidental beacon signal prompts Wyoming backcountry search
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Rescuers hiked into a remote area of Wyoming in search of a woman who accidentally activated an emergency beacon and turned out to be all right.
The alert caused rescuers to first make a search flight late Thursday in Grand Teton National Park.
Teton County Undersheriff Matt Carr tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide the searchers saw flashing lights on the ground they believed were a distress signal.
Rescuers hiked to the area and found the Idaho woman, who didn’t know her beacon had activated. The lights turned out to be part of a fence around some llamas belonging to others in the backcountry.
Carr says local officials respond to a few accidental activations every year. He recommends keeping beacons in a hard case to prevent them from activating.
Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com