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Most people don't get to say goodbye before they die, but Springer did. He left an individual note for every member of his immediate family, from his wife and two children, his four grandchildren and even his son-in-law.
"He had a little notebook out there that he wrote in," the Rev. Stephen Springer said. "He admitted and said this is my fault. He didn't wantus to blame ourselves or the park service."
Hiker dies after four days without waterBBNP - Rangers began a search for 71-year-old Carl Springer of Conroe, Texas, on the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 22, when a routine check of solo hiker forms revealed that he was 24 hours overdue from a four-day hike. His vehicle was quickly located and it was determined that he had not checked out of his motel room. The park's ranger/pilot began an aerial reconnaissance of Springer's proposed route - the Outer Mountain Loop Trail, an arduous mountain and desert hike around the southern half of the Chisos Mountains. On Monday morning, ground teams began a search of the entire 28-mile route with the assistance of the park aircraft and a Customs and Border Protection OH-6 helicopter. Springer was spotted from the airplane around 3:30 p.m. The CBP helicopter ferried a SAR team member to his location, which was in a rugged drainage over a mile from the trail. Springer was alert and oriented but too weak to stand. He said that he'd run out of water four days before being found. Attempts were made to re-hydrate Springer and move him to the helicopter, but his condition deteriorated. A park medic was flown to the scene and IV therapy was begun. Other searchers climbed to his location and helped move him to the small, two-seat helicopter. Springer was flown to the helipad at Panther Junction, then transferred to the park's ambulance. Care was provided by park medics and a physician, who was in the park to instruct an EMT-I refresher course. Despite their efforts, Springer was pronounced dead while en route to a rendezvous with a life flight helicopter.
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