A 39 year old Spanish Fork man was rescued from a hill side near the mouth of Spanish Fork Canyon. He spent the night stranded after walking into the hillside and was unable to make his way down.
On September 22, 2013, shortly after 8:00 A.M., dispatchers with Utah Valley Dispatch Special Service District received a call from a citizen reporting they heard a man yelling for help near the Spanish Fork irrigation reservoir at the mouth of Spanish Fork Canyon. Deputies with the Utah County Sheriff's Office responded to the area and also heard the man calling for help. The Deputy climbed a hill side and found the man, who was clad only in stocking feet and a t-shirt. The man had been in the area since at least the previous night. The area he was stranded was a steep, rocky slope and the man told Deputies he wandered in the area after using heroin and did not feel safe trying to get back down the hillside. Deputies also found drug paraphernalia supporting the man's statement about drug use. He sustained minor scrapes and abrasions and suffered from the effects of dehydration and hypothermia. Because of his inability to get down the hill side Search and Rescue members with the Utah County Sheriff's Office responded and secured him in a litter to get him to an ambulance. His condition was not life threatening but he was transported to Mountain View Hospital in Payson for treatment. He may face charges related to the drug paraphernalia that was found with some of his clothing.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912