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Good news as Houston couple makes a narrow escape from Utah’s Grand Staircase Desert Kane County Search and Rescue via AP
In this Oct. 2, 2017, photo released by Kane County Search and Rescue shows a vehicle driven by an older Texas couple, who were rescued severely dehydrated but alive after they were stranded six days on a desolate dirt road in southern Utah that was impassable in their rental car in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah. The couple ended up on the rocky road Sept. 26 while following directions from a GPS-mapping app on their way to see Lake Powell. (Kane County Search and Rescue via AP)

Helena and Gerald Byler, both in their seventies, both made a narrow escape from a bad end after being stranded in the Utah desert for six days.

According to Utah news outlet the Deseret News, if the couple had been subjected to the desert environment for even one more day, they might not have made it out.

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“It’s totally unbelievable. So many things seem to have fallen in place on their behalf,” said Kane County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Alan Alldredge in an interview. “Many little things fell into place that allowed the Bylers to be located alive.”

Kane County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Alan Alldredge said the story of the couple's rescue will be "memorable forever."

Posted by Deseret News on Friday, October 13, 2017

What was supposed to be a day trip turned bad when the Byler’s car was disabled on rough terrain far off the main road. They tried to get back on foot, spending the first night walking through rain.

When her husband couldn’t walk any further after that night, Helena left him their remaining food — a few pecans — and continued walking on her own. She ended up wandering the desert for another five days. She slept wherever she could, made an “SOS” sign in the road, and suffered hallucinations from the physical strain.

She was eventually found on October 2, seemingly out of sheer luck, by Dell LeFevre, of Panguitch, Utah. LeFevre was checking on the cattle he keeps on the Grand Staircase Monument’s land when he found Helena lying in the road, according to the Kane County Sheriff’s Office. He got her into his vehicle, gave her water, and contacted the police.

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Gerald was found later, having taken shelter in a group of old trailers, and evacuated by helicopter to Dixie Regional Medical Center. One of the trailers near his showed signs that Helena may have sheltered there, not knowing Gerald was so close. Her ‘SOS’ sign was only three miles from their abandoned car.

In this Oct. 2, 2017, photo released by Kane County Search and Rescue shows an SOS sign made out of rocks and flowers left by an older Texas couple after their vehicle was stranded on a desolate dirt road in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah. Authorities found an older Texas couple severely dehydrated but alive after they were stranded six days on a desolate dirt road that was impassable in their rental car. Kane County Chief Deputy Alan Alldredge said Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, that 78-year-old Helena Byler of Houston, Texas, was found lying on the road Oct. 2 by a cattle rancher. Her 76-year-old husband Gerald Byler was found in a trailer near an SOS sign he made. (Kane County Search and Rescue via AP)

The couple are both recovering well and expected to return home soon.

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“I’m a firm believer in God. He’s pulled me out of quite a few messes in my life,” LeFevre said in an interview regarding the rescue. “If she had gone off the road, no one ever would have found them.”

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