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Aug 2, 2012 6:08 PM

Hiker blew whistle to alert searchers to his location

TUCSON - The 70-year-old hiker who was missing since yesterday was located with only minor injuries - rescuers found him off the trail when he blew a whistle he had with him.

Florencio Gallego started hiking from the Sabino Canyon Recreational area at about 3:30 a.m. yesterday - he had planned to hike to Seven Falls and return to meet his wife at 2 p.m. When she had not heard from him after 4 p.m., Gallego's wife contacted Pima County Sheriffs, who called in the Search and Rescue Unit, according to a news release from the department.

Several agencies and over 60 people searched for Gallego until about 2 a.m. this morning from the ground and air, but he was not located, the release states.

The search parties resumed this morning, and when Gallego heard searchers in his area, he blew a whistle he had brought with him and led rescuers to his location. He was found off the trail, in an area of Hutch's Pool. He had hiked to Seven Falls as planned, the release states, then continued past that location and became disoriented.

Gallego was exhausted and had minor dehydration when he was found. He was treated for minor injuries on scene and released to his family.

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