Woman Twice Rescued Hunting for Gold

Fabled mine may not exist

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Miner's Needle in Arizona, close to the supposed location of the mine.     Photo: Al_HikesAZ/Flickr

A woman was rescued from the Superstition Mountains in Arizona on Tuesday after she was reported missing for the second time this winter while searching for the fabled Lost Dutchman's gold mine.

Rescuers found Robin Bird, 51, Wednesday night around 11:30 p.m. on the Bluff Springs Trail in the mountains east of Phoenix. She was unresponsive, suffering from hypothermia and dehydration. Rescuers started a fire to warm her while they waited for a rescue helicopter. Eventually she was able to walk down the trail to the helicopter and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Earlier on Tuesday, Bird unwittingly gave bad directions to another group of hikers who then became lost as well. They were rescued around 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

The head of search and rescue in the area, David Bremson, says that he does not believe the gold cache exists, and that looking for it is a fool's errand. “Most of the body recoveries we’ve done out of the Supes have been Dutch hunters,” Bremson said.

Via The Republic

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