How to Survive If You're Lost in the Woods

What to do if you find yourself lost in the woods

  • Keep yourself visible
    • This involves yelling for help or creating some sort of signal.
  • Stay where you are
  • If time has passed and you need to move or search for water, make sure you leave clues behind so someone is able to better find you.

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- On Thursday afternoon, about 10 search and rescue teams are on the ground and four helicopters are helping with the aerial search to find the jet pilot who crashed on Wednesday morning.

Leaders with the George Washington Forest said the search has been difficult simply because of the 1.9 million acres the forest covers. Crews are going off the assumption the pilot was ejected out of the plane.

Although not involved in this search, Shenandoah National Park leaders said they don't deal with missing people which require bringing in extra search crews too often. They said they have extra measures put in place throughout their trails so people don't get lost.

Claire Comer, the public information officer for the Shenandoah National Park, said there could be a number of contributing factors making a missing person more difficult to find.

"If we have no clues as to where the person might be in our 200,000 acres and the person is immobile or unconscious, then of course that's going to make it much more difficult," said Comer. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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