Caprock Canyons Search and Rescue

Caprock Canyons State Park

Caprock Canyons State Park

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Caprock Canyons State Park is 14-thousand acres of rough terrain, and elevation drops of a thousand feet. If you hike there, Superintendent Donald Beard says “stick to designated trails.”

We have about 28-miles of trails inside the park—which are multi-use trails. But, not all people follow the trails. And some bad things can happen when that takes place.

During the July Fourth weekend, a man and woman went off trail, and ventured into a remote area, where the woman ended up falling and breaking her leg.

So, the husband was able to use his cell phone and get assistance. We were able to dispatch—not only us—but several other law enforcement agencies and fire departments. Close to two dozen people. About 10 and a half hours of either searching, or trying to remove her from the remote location so we could get her to a helicopter.

Superintendent Beard said rescue crews could only drive so far to reach the location, after that—it was all by foot.

Once we got to that point when we could no longer drive, then it was about another hour or so. Hour and a half hike just to get to their location. That was after we found them.

By the time rescuers found the hikers, it was getting dark. How did the finally reach the injured hiker and get her to safety. Tune in tomorrow and find out.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

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