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Cell-phone GPS helps searchers find lost hiker

A 77-year-old Nevada man was found in good condition late Monday night after an all-night search in the Ward Lake area.

According to the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad, Alaska State Troopers received a distress call from the man, using his cell phone, at about 7 p.m. Monday. The man had started on Frog Pond Trail at about 3:30 p.m., and then decided to explore an undeveloped flagged trail, which is when he lost his way.

Search crews entered the woods at about 9:15 p.m., including one dog and 13 volunteers. After about two hours of searching without success, they helped the lost man access an app on his smart phone that gave his GPS coordinates. With the last 12-percent of battery power remaining, he was able to give his position.

Search crews were diverted to that location and made contact just before midnight. According to KVRS, the man was cold and wet, but otherwise uninjured.

(This story has been corrected from its original version, which incorrectly stated that the man was from Ketchikan.)

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