Lyon County authorities were desperately looking for a woodcutter Thursday who reported possibly cutting hisleg off with a chain saw before the cell phone connection died.
The man called 911 at 11:56 a.m. and said he may have cut his
leg off and needed an ambulance, Sheriff's Capt. Jeff Page said.
"He said he was dizzy, there was lots of blood, and then the
phone went dead," said Page, who listened to the taped call
"He sounded pretty distressed; pretty shook up," he told The
Dispatchers were unable to get the man's location before the
Search and rescue teams launched a countywide search and
sheriff's deputies started telephoning people who had been issued
wood cutting permits in the area based on a list provided by the
U.S. Forest Service, Page said.
Lyon County covers 2,200 square miles and stretches from east of
Reno south to the California line near Topaz Lake.
Looking for the man was "a proverbial needle in a haystack,"
Page said, given the expansive area involved.
The Fallon Naval Air Station provided two helicopters that
searched until dark Thursday in the Sweetwater and Pinenut
mountains while ground units searched Forest Service roads, he
Nevada state park rangers also searched the Lahontan State Park
and surrounding area, but with no luck, he said.
Additional air searches planned from Reno, Washoe County and the
Army National Guard were put on hold due to cloudy, rainy weather.
The search was to continue until 9 p.m. Thursday. It was unclear
if the search would continue Friday, depending on the weather, Page
said late Thursday.
He asked that anyone who knows of someone who planned to go
woodcutting to contact authorities so officers can try to locate
them and check on their welfare. They are asked to telephone the
Lyon County Dispatch Center at 775-463-6620.