AU TRAIN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZMQ) – Three young Boy Scouts were found soon after they went missing on a hike, thanks to the 911 texting service.
The Alger County Sheriff’s Office says the boys were discovered missing from Camp Hiawatha, a boy scout camp on Doe Lake Rd. in Au Train Township, around 6 p.m. Wednesday. Deputies were told the boys were on a hiking excursion when they became separated from their hiking group.
Alger County Sheriffs deputies, the Alger County K9 Unit, and Alger County Rescue 21 were dispatched to search for the boys, as well as their Boy Scout leaders.
The boys were found, all in good health, within a half hour of the search.
Alger County Dispatchers were able to contact the missing boy through 911 texting. By doing so, they were able to get the GPS coordinates for the search team. The boys also stayed at their location as instructed by dispatchers, which helped keep the search time minimal.
The Alger County Sheriff’s Office reminds everyone 911 texting is available even if cell service is unavailable.