Yakima, WASH.--Missing hunters, hikers and skiers have kept Yakima County Search and Rescue Teams busy this year.
Yakima County Search and Rescue Sergeant George Town said during a normal year they usually average between 30 to 40 missions. This year, with two months left to go, they're already over 55 rescue missions.
The Search And Rescue Team said most of their operations have been in Yakima County, but they've also assisted with extended searches for missing hikers on Mt. Ranier and Mt. Adams. Recently, they've been busy tracking down lost hunters.
Sgt. Town said too many people depend on their cell phones, but when out hiking, hunting or skiing, you'll most likely not have service.
"When you rely on that one piece of equipment to get you out of trouble, and it doesn't work that's usually when we get involved," said Sgt. Town.
With the winter months coming up, deputies said they typically see a lot of missing snowmobilers or lost cross country skiers.
They advise people to go out with a partner and take enough equipment to last a couple days. Also, as the temperature continues to cool down, it's always a good idea to bring a fire starter kit.