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Teenage hiker calls for rescue as water runs low

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A teenager hiker was down to eight ounces of water when he was rescued by a California Highway Patrol helicopter in Alpine County.

The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1JPPMdS ) that 18-year-old D’Artagnan Driscoll of Apache Junction, Arizona sent a rescue signal Sunday night after realizing he was running out of water.

Driscoll used a hand-held GPS device to call for rescue and was found about nine hours later.

The teenager was on the Pacific Crest Trail in remote Alpine County on a two-month hike from Sonora to Canada. He says he used a cellphone application to find water sources on the trail but discovered that they had dried up.

Driscoll originally began his hike near the California-Mexico border but was driven to Sonora when he couldn’t find water in Southern California.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com

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