Updated 10/10/2012 01:50 PM
Missing hiker found after making 911 call
The Columbia County District Attorney's office says it is contemplating legal action against a hiker who was missing for two days. The county's sheriff's office says they now believe Kyle Pember, 28, was intentionally lost. Our Megan Cruz has more on Pember's rescue in Copake Falls early Wednesday morning.
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COPAKE, N.Y. -- First responders attended to Kyle Pember, 28, after finding him in the woods in Copake around 4 a.m. Wednesday. The Massachusetts man was last seen Monday afternoon, while hiking in Bash Bish Falls State Park with his dad.
On Monday, YNN asked his dad, "Was [Kyle] an experienced hiker?"
"No," said George Pember.
Police combed through the woods most of Monday and Tuesday. They came up with nothing, until they received a 911 call from Pember himself around midnight Wednesday morning.
Using his cell phone signal, police were able to narrow their search to the New York side of the park. They found him in the woods, a mile and a half north of Under Mountain Road.
"Terrain's very rugged, steep, cliff-like I'd say. We had to make our way up about a half-mile of steep terrain to get to the location where the phone was pinged," said Darren Forbes, NYSP Zone Commander.
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office had answered the call. Pember told them he was uninjured, just lost. When they found him...
“Lethargic," said Forbes. "He knew where he was, just didn’t know where in the woods he was."
They also say he had mild hypothermia.
"We got him up walking around, he got some blood moving in his legs, which helped," said Forbes. "He was able to walk himself out with assistance from police and rangers."
The Sheriff's Office said if it weren't for his 911 call, they wouldn't have found him as quickly as they did. They say he should be just fine.