Sheriff’s deputies rescue man and his dog lost in the woods near Hansville

HANSVILLE— Kitsap County sheriff’s deputies, with the aid of Cencom and King County Sheriff’s Guardian 1 helicopter, rescued a man who got lost looking for his dog in a wooded area between Hood Canal Drive NE and Hansville Road NE, April 5.

According to the case report, the man’s wife called 9-1-1 at 8:24 p.m. to report that he had gone out around 1 p.m. to look for their dog in the woods near their home. He subsequently called her on his cell phone to report he had found the dog, but that now he and the dog were both lost.

Deputies Stan Langlow and Michael Mezen were dispatched to the scene.

According to the report, the wife advised CENCOM that her husband had deviated from the trail and lost his bearings.

“Cencom was able to ping the phone and got coordinates for his location,” Mezen wrote in the case report.

Langlow reported that he called the man’s cellphone at approximately 8:50 p.m. “[He] advised that he could hear my siren when chirped and that he was walking north in an attempt to run into a trail.”

When they lost the cell phone connection, Search and Rescue was called in. Deputies set up a command post at The Point Casino parking lot, and requested the King County Sheriff’s Department send its Guardian 1 helicopter. The man saw the helicopter flying overhead and shined his flashlight. Guardian 1 relayed the man’s location to search and rescue; two search teams made their way to him and his dog and led them out of the woods to safety.

— Terryl Asla is a reporter for Kitsap News Group. Contact him at