You would think that when John D. Slay was found, events would have turned out better. He was dehydrated and with stomach pain. The good samaritan who found him gave him water, set up a tent for him to stay out of the rain while the samaritan went to look for help.
Help was sent in the form of helicopter. But John D. Slay could not be seen from above.
They then picked up the good samaritan to help them locate John Slay. A group of people had actually found him by that time and stopped to help him. They could do little except wait until rescuers arrived.
But it was too late. Slay stopped breathing and CPR was futile.
One can only wonder if an SOS Flag had been unfolded and displayed on the ground, would the helicopter been able to spot him when they first did their search? SOS flags are brightly colored, can easily be spotted from above and can be carried in a backpack.
We highly recommend that all hikers carry at least one SOS Flag when venturing out onto the trails.