Man, 58, who went missing in the Grand Canyon for 11 days in subzero temperatures is found ALIVE and rescued by helicopter
- Texas man Martin Edward O’Connor, 58, was found alive on Thursday
- He was last seen on December 22 and was found on a rugged South Rim trail
- Officials won’t say whether he was injured in temps that dropped to 8 below
Martin Edward O’Connor, 58, was rescued on Thursday from the Grand Canyon
A man who had been missing at the Grand Canyon for 11 days has been found alive.
Martin Edward O’Connor, 58, of La Porte, Texas, was located on Thursday morning and flown out of the canyon in a helicopter, National Park Service officials said.
O’Connor was undergoing a medical evaluation, and authorities said he is in stable condition.
Officials declined to release information on whether he suffered injuries as a result of being missing in the park for more than a week during wintry conditions and brutal subzero temperatures.
A view is seen from the New Hance Trail, the rugged path on the South Rim where O’Connor was rescued by helicopter after going missing for 11 days
Temperatures in the area sank as low as -8 degrees overnight during the period he was missing.
National Park Service rangers found O’Connor on the rugged New Hance Trail, one of the most difficult trails on the canyon’s South Rim.
Rangers warn that the primitive trail is not maintained, and may be the most difficult established trail on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Before being located, O’Connor was last seen at a lodge in Grand Canyon Village on December 22.
The lodge is some 18 miles from the trail head of the New Hance Trail where O’Connor was located.
Before being located, O’Connor was last seen at this lodge in Grand Canyon Village