Four people who were lost in bush off Frank Sound Road were rescued by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and two members of the public on Thursday.
At 4.30pm, the 911 Emergency Communications Centre received a call from a woman reporting that her brother and three others had been looking for caves when they became lost. 911 made contact with the man and, thanks to the GPS system he was carrying, he was able to provide the operator with his coordinates.
Police responded to the location and began an area search. Officers were assisted by two members of the public who were in the area at the time and thanks are extended to them. The Cayman Islands Helicopter was also deployed. Officers on the ground located the lost group by shouting to them and with the help of the air support team they were guided out to safety. Medics saw to the two men, one woman and child, who, despite suffering from dehydration, were said to be in good health.
‘This is another example of why hiking should not be taken lightly,’ said Inspector Ian Yearwood, second in charge of the Eastern Districts. ‘Even with GPS it is possible to find yourself off course so extreme care should always be taken and you should always go with someone who knows the terrain.’
The RCIPS is reminding those who go hiking to take all the necessary safety precautions such as carrying plenty of water, checking the weather forecast beforehand, wearing suitable clothing and footwear and ensuring others have details about your plans.
Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS).