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Red Rock Search & Rescue gets new lifesaving technology

Posted at 11:33 PM, Jul 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-04 20:21:53-04

Red Rock Search & Rescue received a generous donation from a local community member that could save lives.

The nonprofit now has two satellite radios to use when they are looking for missing hikers.

"That will give us pretty much access to communication anywhere in the valley," said Bryan Zink with Red Rock Search & Rescue.

Before the satellite radios, the nonprofit was just using cell phones and radios to communicate.

"The problem with hand radios and the cell phones is that sometimes we will get out behind mountains, down in valleys, gullies, washes, where we can't pick up a signal," he said.

Casey Randles wishes the organization had access to the technology last year when his brother and a fellow hiker were missing in Red Rock Canyon. Sean Randles and Melanie Kushnir both died after falling off a cliff. Randles was trying to save Kushnir when she slipped. It took rescuers a long time to find them.

"I'm happy to see something is being done now so they can all communicate," Randles said.

The new satellite radios come with a cost. The nonprofit must pay $1,440 each year to keep up with the annual subscription. The organization is asking for your help in covering the cost. Click here if you would like to donate.