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Crews call off search for person heard calling for help in Ute Valley Park

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Crews have called off their search for an injured person in Ute Valley Park after a cyclist says he heard calls for help.

There is a point in the trail where it branches off into three directions. That's where the cyclist says he first heard the call for help.

"I was riding and thought I heard 'help' real faintly so I stopped listened and heard 'help" again,' David Bundrick, a mountain biker said. Obviously concerned, he says he shouted back, again. "And then I heard "help, bleeding," Bundrick said.

And once more... "And I thought man, I'm hearing things, so I hollered out one more time and again, I heard "help, bleeding" and so that's when I called 911," he said. He met with first responders who started to scour the area.

Colorado Springs Police officers say they also heard a response when they called out. The cyclist told police he believes the call for help was coming from about a mile in from the trailhead of Ute Valley Park behind the KOAA studio in Rockrimmon.

"We set up a large area grid search so we have motorcycles covering a section... We have hikers on foot covering another section, and then El Paso County Search and Rescue is going to come in with 6 to 8 more searchers, and then we're just going to canvas this whole area," said Tim Dragosh, Battalion Chief for the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

But after an extensive four hour search, crews came up empty handed.

"The unique one about this is the individual must not have a cell phone because we can't ping his cell phone and find him that way," Dragosh said.

Still, responding to this call was a top priority. The firefighters on this call are highly trained in high-angle rescues and wilderness rescues.

"They usually have to go to several training classes per year and then they're required to put in 40 hours every trimester, every quarter," he said.

Moving forward, bikers say to always let someone know where you're going and to take extra caution when you're alone.

"Stay within your limits, know your limits and be smart, know when to get after it and know when to back off a little bit," Bundrick said.

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