Harrison County

Couple crashes ATV deep in the woods. Here’s how rescuers found them

Rescues watch a helicopter take an injured woman to a trauma center in Mobile after a ATV crash in Harrison County.
Rescues watch a helicopter take an injured woman to a trauma center in Mobile after a ATV crash in Harrison County. Harrison County Fire Department

Rescuers searched two hours for the victims of an all-terrain vehicle rollover crash in a remote area of Harrison County.

Harrison County Fire Chief Pat Sullivan said the a man and a woman were on the ATV when it crashed deep in the woods off West Malley Road, which is north of I-10 and just a little west of the Wolf River. The woods are dense and there are many creeks in the area that flow into the Wolf River.

Harrison said the couple called 9-1-1 but could not give the dispatcher their exact location.

Authorities were attempting to locate the crash site using the cellphone signal when the couple’s phone died, Sullivan said.

Rescuers from the Harrison County Fire Department, firefighters from West Harrison County and Lizana and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office then fanned out and located the injured pair the old fashioned way, searching on foot. The search took about two hours, Sullivan said.

The man and woman were treated on the scene by American Medical Response and Rescue 5 medics.

The woman, who Sullivan said was conscious and talking, was flown by the Rescue 5 helicopter to a trauma center in Mobile.

Spirit, a yellow Labrador Retriever, died just shy of her 15th birthday after spending most of her life recovering remains of people at disaster sites including in Haiti with her handler Hilda Wood .

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