SUU Aviation program assists in search and rescue

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LUND, UTAH (News4Utah) – A boy who went missing in the desert for more than 9 hours Thursday near Lund, Utah was found safe early Friday morning thanks to the efforts of searchers on the ground and in the air.

Six year old Zayden Mortensen, a high functioning autistic boy, wandered away from a family member while they were hunting for animal sheds around 4:45 p.m. Thursday.

The Iron County Sheriff’s Department searched into the night and the Southern Utah University Aviation Program assisted with a plane overhead.

Flying a Robinson R44 equipped with night vision technology, flight instructor Daniel Garcia was able to see and spot Zayden in the darkness.

He was found around 2 a.m., very cold but unharmed. Zayden was reunited with his family.

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