Search Teams Rescue Lost Cyclist At Lake Leatherwood In Carroll County

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EUREKA SPRINGS (KFSM) — A mountain biker who got lost at Lake Leatherwood in Carroll County was found by search and rescue teams Monday (August 3).

Eureka Springs Fire & EMS, Carroll County Emergency Management and the Carroll County SORT team were called in after Tyler Vickers of Bentonville contacted dispatch saying she became disoriented following a minor bike crash, according to Fire Chief Randy Ates.

Vickers told rescuers the crash disabled her bike so she began walking it back toward the lake, but lost track of Beacham Trail while crossing a creek bed as darkness set in, according to Ates. She was able to text a map screen shot showing her location before her phone battery died.

Search crews established a command post in the Lake Leatherwood ball fields parking lot and five teams were dispatched to look for Vickers, according to Ates. Shortly after 10 p.m., a search team located fresh foot prints and a bike tire imprint. A few minutes later the team found Vickers on a hillside where she had started a fire while waiting for rescue.

The rescue team got Vickers out on foot and she was checked out at a waiting ambulance, but did not have to be taken to the hospital, according to Ates.

Nearly 20 responders were involved in the search. They found Vickers about an hour and 20 minutes after the arrival of the first crews.