A missing deaf woman was rescued at Pikes Peak State Park in McGregor on Saturday afternoon.
The Iowa DNR says their parks staff received a report of a deaf woman who was lost and possible injured. Several crews were dispatched to help with the search efforts.
As crews searched the trails, they would stop to listen as dispatch had instructed the deaf woman to play music loudly on her phone to help anyone nearby locate her. DNR Park Manager Matt Tschirgi, along with a Clayton County Sheriff’s Deputy and a Clayton County Conservation Officer, hiked to a ravine where the woman was believed to be. Manager Tschirgi found her deep in the ravine.
She was able to communicate that her ankle was in pain, so they provided her immediate medical attention and then used a stretcher to help her out of the 500-foot high bluff until an ATV was able to access her.
The DNR reminds hikers to stay on the trails marked with signage, to never hike alone and to always carry a cell phone and water to stay hydrated.