FREEHOLD, NJ (CBSNewYork) – A New shirt The family was saved after hiking in a mountain in Maine.
CBS2’s Meg Baker spoke to a family member who detailed what happened.
Connor Latona, 18, captured the video after hiking for two and a half hours to the top of the 3,000-foot Tumbledown mountain with his parents and two sisters.
Family traveling from Free visit him at university. They expected the walk to take around two hours and would “come back for a late lunch,” Latona said.
He said perfect weather, in the ’50s, all day long. Later, the family encountered some snow and ice as they searched the trail back.
“We don’t have the right coats. We think we’ll get down before sunset, ”he said.
They followed the trail markers, but Latona said the signs were wrong.
“We know that descending the mountain is right. But we’re like, we trust signage, so we’ll go left, ”he said.
As it turned out, their instincts were correct. The marker led them in the wrong direction as the sun set. So they called 911.
“My sister’s feet were numb and everyone was cold. But we just huddled together next to the tree to block the wind and just tried to keep our bodies warm, ”Latona said.
It took the rescue team hours to reach them.
“Bring us more clothes, give us food, start making us a fire,” he said. “I just want to make sure they know that we appreciate everything they’ve done.”
“We see it regularly at this time of the year. Where people go up in the mountains, they feel good, it’s spring time, and when they get there there is more snow than they thought, ”said Maine County game director Kyle Hladick.
“If you’re wearing cotton or other fabrics like that that don’t give a lot of insulation value, it can transition from a nice and warm state to very cold pretty quickly,” says Maine district game director Harry Wiegman.
Latona wanted to tell her story as a warning to others to do research before going hiking and always carry supplies and additional food.
He said that his father reported the incorrect trail sign to the park department.
CBS2’s Meg Baker contributed to this report.