When a 911 call got cut off, dispatchers used Facebook to help locate an injured hiker.
On Sunday afternoon, 41-year-old California hiker Ryan Pritchard slipped on a loose rock and fell 150 feet down a cliff, landing in a tree in the Putah Creek State Wildlife Area near Lake Barryessa, about 30 miles from his home in Sacramento.
Pritchard’s eldest son, Devon, 18, had already returned to the car to put away their hiking gear. His younger son, Jake, 11, descended the cliff and used his dad’s cellphone to call 911. The call was disconnected before he could give the California Highway Patrol dispatcher their location.
Jake tried to call again. Again, the call failed.
“It was kind of scary because we were at a loss,” dispatcher Sheri Speakman told ABC News. “We had nothing.”
“The danger was that the tree would give away and he would fall to his death,” CHP officer and paramedic Ben Schmidt told the Sacramento Bee.
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