iPhone app helps rescue hikers lost in Adirondacks

LAKE GEORGE, NY (NEWS 10) – Two hikers lost on Black Mountain in the Adirondacks Sunday were rescued thanks in part to their cell phones.

When they first realized they were lost they called Warren County 911 which gave rescuers an initial set of coordinates that wasn’t very accurate.

The dispatch center texted them and asked them to call again.

The hikers did not have a strong enough signal.

By now, forest rangers with the DEC were on the ground looking for them.

Eventually, officials were able to determine that one of the hikers had an iPhone.

They directed them to open the compass application and send a screenshot of their coordinates, which confirmed their position.

The hikers were found safe and reunited with their families.

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