(04/12/2011)
After a few harrowing hours, the episode turned out o.k.

A search party was organized from Gilmer County about 11 p.m. Sunday for three adult males with an eight-year-old boy, lost in the Bear Fork Wilderness near the Gilmer-Calhoun line, some distance from US 33-119.

It was not clear how long they had been lost or wandering.

The party reportedly broke down on ATVs and began walking in the remote area, eventually finding their way to the top of a high hill to obtain cell service.

They called for help.

The Gilmer county fire department and law enforcement responded to the area following a 911 call to search for the missing party.

At 12:15 a.m. Monday, the Grantsville and Arnoldsburg VFD'S received a page to assist with the effort.

Shortly before 1 a.m. the missing party, on a cell phone, said they could see or hear emergency vehicles, and heard a gunshot reportedly fired by law enforcement, with indications they would be making their way out of the woods toward the main highway.

Reports later in the morning indicate they connected with their rescuers at 2 a.m. and reached safety.


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