UW-Madison Student Helps Rescue Woman Missing in New Mexico

A UW student and his brother are being credited with saving a woman who had been missing for weeks.

Peter Kottke, a UW-Madison junior was backpacking with his brother in New Mexico., when they heard a faint sound that turned out to be 52-year-old Carolyn Dorn.

Dorn was trapped on the wrong side of the river at Gila National Forest for 5 weeks.

The search for her had been called off 2 weeks ago.

The two students left supplies for her and hiked 20 miles over a day and a half to contact authorities.

Peter Kottke says, "We crossed to the north side of the river, we approached her and she said we haven't eaten food in three weeks, and you could see her sunken cheeks and she was hunched over.”

A New Mexico National Guard helicopter rescued the woman.

She was taken to the hospital and is said to be fine.


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