On Sunday evening, August 18th, 2013, at about 9:00 p.m., Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies responded to two missing hikers at Liberty Lake Park. Family members of the 18-year-old female and 17-year-old male said the two of them left to go hiking around 11:30 a.m. and had not returned. Neither one of them had any type of medical condition that may have played a role in their long absence.
Fortunately, both hikers had their cell phones with them. They were able to call 911 and in turn, 911 was able to relay their coordinates to Park Rangers on the ground. Air1 was deployed and with this information, Tactical Flight Officer's located both hikers safe within 25 minutes of takeoff. They were able to guide deputies to the hikers and escort them off the southwest corner of the lake safely.