Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Costa Rica: US Hiker is Found After Red Cross Mounts Search

According to an article carried by The Tico Times, members of the Costa Rican Red Cross found missing US hiker Daylor Tangey, 30, yesterday (August 20), who had gone missing while hiking alone in the foothills of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, in the northwestern Guanacaste province.

COMMENT: The Red Cross began a search operation on Sunday (August 19) with staff from its offices in Liberia, Cañas and Bagaces. 

On Monday, a special mountain unit joined the search effort and found fortunately found Tangey by mid-day. He was dehydrated, but otherwise in reasonably good health. 

On November 23, 2009, another US tourist, David Girmelfard, disappeared in the same area and continues to be among the missing.

Sadly, the Girmelfard Family has visited Costa Rica every year since their son’s disappearance and has offered a $1 million reward for information leading to their son's whereabouts.

As most of our regular readers know, in today's unpredictable and often perilous world,  traveling alone is never a good idea, unless the traveler is highly experienced and intimately knows the country's geography, culture and language.

So many of my postings, tragically, involve solo travlers. Any person traveling alone in a foreign country is far more vulnerable to unforeseen threats, accidents and calamities than those traveling with others.

If travelers are committed to traveling alone, they should at a minimum carry a personal locator beacon (PLB) and ideally a regionally-based satellite phone, so that their whereabouts can be pinpointed and they can call for assistance if necessary.