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Woman Lost in Woods Saved Thanks to iPhone Flashlight

Woman got lost on a trail, was spotted via night vision helicopter
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2019 1:50 PM CST

(Newser) – That iPhone flashlight really comes in handy sometimes ... like when you're missing in the Florida wilderness and hoping to be rescued. That's what happened to a 60-year-old female hiker who got lost on a trail at Thonotosassa's Flatwoods Wilderness Park Sunday; she called 911 from the "heavily wooded area" as darkness set in, per a post from the Hillsboro County Sheriff's Office. A helicopter with night vision saw the light coming from her cellphone, and the helicopter then provided coordinates to a park ranger who drove out to rescue her with an ATV.

"They brought peace, some comfort. I just want to thank them because I know we are in the holiday season and they had to take time out being away from their families to come do this type of work," the woman, who was uninjured, tells ABC Action News. She adds that she'll still take daily hikes while caring for her husband, who is in treatment at a nearby cancer center, but "this time, I need a map." As for the sheriff, he notes, "Rescues like this are one of the many benefits of having an expansive, well-trained Aviation Unit. ... I couldn't be more proud of the work they put in everyday to keep the citizens of Hillsborough County safe." (Read more uplifting news stories.)

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