UT Hiker Stuck in Quicksand For 13 Hours

Emergency beacon signaled rescue

A Vermont man was partially swallowed by a sandbar as he attempted to cross the Dirty Devil River in eastern Utah last Wednesday. Robert Tesar, 25, was 23 days into an expedition with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) when he sank to his waist in the soft riverbed. Unable to free Tesar, and concerned about the 40-degree temperatures, the NOLS group activated an emergency beacon. After 13 hours, a volunteer crew from Wayne County working in conjunction with Classic Lifeguard Helicopter was able to dig Tesar free. He was treated overnight for exposure and rejoined his group two days later.

Read more at ABC4

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