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Missing Texas man rescued from Grand Canyon after nearly 2 weeks in freezing temps

2020-01-07

A Texas man who went missing in the Grand Canyon nearly two weeks ago beat the odds when he was found alive Thursday, despite below freezing temperatures in the area.

The National Parks Service announced that Martin Edward O’Connor, 58, was discovered and rescued via helicopter around 10 a.m. Thursday morning, 11 days after he went missing, according to an NPS news release.

O’Connor, of La Porte, which is about 26 miles east of Houston, was found on the New Hance Trail in the Grand Canyon, where hikers had reported seeing him the previous afternoon.

He had last been seen on Dec. 22 at the Yavapai Lodge, a little over 16 miles from the start of the trail.

O’Connor had a medical evaluation after the rescue, and NPS hasn’t released additional info at this time.

NPS notes that New Hance Trail is “within a primitive use area and is thus recommended only for highly experienced canyon hikers.”

The service goes on to say New Hance “is not maintained and may be the most difficult established trail” on the canyon’s South Rim.

According to Time and Date, the area of the Grand Canyon sat at below freezing temperatures for much of the time O’Connor was missing, hitting a low of 0 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday, before dropping to a low of -8 degrees early Sunday.