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Man, 5-year-old rescued from Mingus Mountain

PRESCOTT- A 40-year-old man and his five-year-old son were rescued from Mingus Mountain Sunday, Jan. 10, after their vehicle got stuck in deep snow and they walked away from it, a sheriff's spokesman said.

The man said they had been trying to drive to the community of Cherry, but, it turned out, he had missed the turn for Forest Road 132 and instead stayed on FR413.

About 3 p.m., he called for help and the Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team's Quad and Backcountry Units responded, spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said. Dispatch was able to get GPS coordinates from the 911 cell phone call.

Because the temperature was dropping and it would be dark soon, deputies called on the Department of Public Safety's Ranger helicopter from Flagstaff to find the pair.

The helicopter found them within an hour and took them to the Mingus Summit parking lot to waiting deputies, D'Evelyn said.

The search team supervisor "counseled the father that it would have been much more prudent to stay with the vehicle instead of walking into the wilderness under such conditions," D'Evelyn said. "They were found 2 miles from the stranded vehicle."

He pointed out that the vehicle would have been easier to spot than two people, and that it provided shelter, which could have been critical, had the weather worsened.

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