Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Dehydrated hiker, Sparks, rescued in national park in ND

  • Hiker texted for help after losing a water bottle in high temperatures.

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  • Staff at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota used flashlights and horses to rescue a hiker after he became dehydrated and texted for help.
    Park spokeswoman Eileen Andes tells The Dickinson Press that 23-year-old Andrew Sparks was well-prepared for a two-night outing in the park's North Unit, but he lost a water bottle. The high temperature in the area on Monday was 96 degrees.
    Sparks texted for help about 7:30 p.m. Monday and was brought out of the backcountry shortly after 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. Andes did not know where Sparks is from.

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