IRON COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) - Deputies from the Iron County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a stranded motorist stuck in the snow in Hematite Township Saturday, Feb. 10 at approximately 5:40 a.m.
Poor cell phone reception and a language barrier made locating individual difficult.
After approximately 2 hours of searching for the individual, he was located in the remote area near Bone Lake, stuck in an unplowed two track. Upon further investigation the driver was from another state and unfamiliar with the area. The driver was utilizing GPS directions which led him on the wrong route to his destination.
A tow truck was requested and pulled the vehicle out of the snow. The individual was then able to continue towards his destination.
Iron County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted by Iron County Central Dispatch and K&D Towing of Iron River.
Sheriff Valesano reminds motorists to prepare and equip themselves with some basic emergency gear in case you find yourself stranded in winter weather:
• Flashlight (with extra batteries)
• Candle (for heat and light)
• Snowbrush and ice-scraper
• Package of cat litter (for tire traction)
• Small shovel
• Hats, weather proof gloves and boots, and a heavy blanket
• Matches and flares
• Well charged cell phone