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Lost out in the cold?

Officials gear up for winter searches

Sturbridge Police make use of this utility terrain vehicle, above, when searches for missing persons take them into wilderness areas. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
December 13, 2009
It's a big enough hassle taking the dog out, or warming the car up in the wind and snow of a Massachusetts winter.

Imagine trekking through acres of woods — miles even — without direction, looking for a way out of a frozen forest maze, searching for some sign of safety, to no avail.

Preparing and executing a search for someone in such a predicament takes on an added element of risk and urgency during the winter, as well.

In the last few weeks several law enforcement and emergency response agencies have answered to such incidents, ending each one without injury despite inclement weather conditions.

On Wednesday, Dec. 9, Southbridge police responded to a request for assistance from the Danielson branch of the Connecticut State Police in locating a lost hunter who began his excursion in Union, Conn.

Southbridge Lt. Shane Woodson explained his department was contacted after Connecticut police approximated the lost hunter's location through the GPS function on the cellular telephone from which he was calling.

See Tuesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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