A local amateur radio operator played a role in aiding some lost hikers recently in the Paddy Creek area in northwest Texas County.

Richard Wood (KB0MPO) overheard a call for help on a ham radio repeater last Saturday. The person was asking for assistance for himself and several hikers who became lost on the Paddy Creek Trail. The hikers had  portable ham radio equipment and found a local repeater frequency to call for help. The hikers described their location, and Wood assessed the situation and gave directions to return to their campsite.

When some of the hikers decided it was too far to make the trip back, Wood notified the sheriff’s department to make a rescue. They ultimately returned to their starting origin without incident.