KITCOM dispatchers track 911 call, help locate missing man
SOUTH OF ELLENSBURG--A Yakima man who got lost in the Manastash Ridge area late Friday night is safe and sound Saturday, all thanks to the Kittitas County's 911 system.
KITCOM has an enhanced 911 system that allowed them to pinpoint the caller's location, and a search that could have lasted days instead took hours.
Kittitas County Sheriff's County say 55-year-old Barry Sherman was disoriented and lost when he called 911 around 11:30 Friday night.
He couldn't even tell dispatchers where he was, just that he was cold and wet.
But, KITCOM operators traced the call and got an estimate of Sherman's latitude and longitude. With that information, Kittitas County search and rescue teams had a specific location to focus their resources.
"It's not exact, but it is able to help us determine the general location [from] where the call's originating."
After about three hours, searchers found Sherman outside of a cabin in Long Tom Canyon and took him to an ambulance waiting at nearby Umptanum Road.
Sherman was treated for hypothermia at Kittitas Valley Community Hospital. He is expected to make a full recovery.