If you’re like me, you have the ‘Silence Unknown Caller’ feature enabled on your iPhone. Well, a hiker that had been lost in the Colorado mountains ignored repeated calls from rescuers because, well, he didn’t know their number.
The hiker had been reported missing after having not returned from an expedition they had taken back on October 18th on Mount Elbert, the highest peak in the state. Lake County Search and Rescue made the report.
The following day, a search party was sent out across the landscape in hopes of finding the hiker the following day, but they couldn’t be found, officials said.
In a last-ditch effort, the party made several attempts to reach the missing hiker via phone, but to no avail.
The hiker had wandered off the trail and spent the duration of the evening attempting to find their way back. They ultimately found their way back to their car, officials said.
Unaware of the search party on their behalf, “The subject ignored repeated phone calls from [the Search and Rescue Team] because they didn’t recognize the number,” rescuers wrote on Facebook. “If you’re overdue according to your itinerary, and you start getting repeated calls from an unknown number, please answer the phone; it may be a [search and rescue] team trying to confirm you’re safe!”