Metro Search and Rescue team have busy Memorial Day weekend - 8 News NOW

Metro Search and Rescue team have busy Memorial Day weekend

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LAS VEGAS -- The Memorial Day weekend was a busy one for Metro Police's Air Support and Search and Rescue units.

According to police, the unit, known as SAR, responded to several incidents this weekend, starting Friday night with a rescue at Valley of Fire State Park. A 43-year-old man had fallen 30 feet while hiking. The hiker was found in rugged terrain and brought to safety.

On Saturday, the team rescued a hiker at Red Rock National Conservation Area, who fell and suffered multiple injuries, and two hikers who slide down a slope and were stuck on a ledge 200 feet about Lake Mead.

On Sunday, rescuers were called to Mt. Charleston where a female hiker had fallen and hurt her ankle.

SAR reminds people of the following hiking safety tips:

  • Always tell someone where you are going and when you'll be back
  • Wear proper clothing and footwear
  • Bring plenty of water, along with food, clothing, sunscreen, a map, a compass and a first aid kid
  • Use the buddy system and don't hike alone
  • Remember that the heat and altitude can combine to exhaust even experienced hikers
  • Stay within your limits and the limits of the group you are with
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