SILVER CITY, N.M — A 41-year-old Albuquerque woman missing for 3 1/2 weeks in the Gila National Forest was found by search and rescue teams after about an hour of searching Wednesday just after 9 a.m.
Page, who was inside a blue sleeping bag about 20 to 25 yards from the trail when she was found, had probably been drinking water from a nearby creek and feeding Miya, her cat, with the cat food she had brought with her.
Search and rescue team members spotted her in the sleeping bag and, after assuring her that the cat would be taken care of, loaded Page, while still in the sleeping bag, into the litter.
A Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) would have made a huge difference !
ACR ResQlink PLB
PLB's are absolutely essential if you intend to venture into the wild.
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If you plan to invest in some survival equipment, this is the item you should get first and always carry in your pocket !