Well, Spazmogen, check this:
Last Wednesday, shortly after noon, we left Page, Az. on a four wheel drive trip into the canyons and mesas of the Grand Staircase of the Escalante National Monument. It was about 100 deg F with bright sunshine in the desert of southern Utah. About 15 miles from the end of the pavement, we came upon a Jeep Grand Cherokee stopped on the side of the trail. With it was a young, German tourist couple who had rented the Jeep up in San Francisco to tour the American southwest. The left front tire was completely gone as they had attempted to drive a number of miles after it went flat. (Later, we found chunks of it miles up the trail.) Obviously, the male portion didn't attempt to change the flat tire as he had continued to drive on the flat. Probably because he didn't know how; however, it didn't matter as the rental had no jack that we could find. They tried to continue driving on the rim and had broken that also. To complicate matters, the right front tire had also been punctured and was half flat.
Well, we carry jacks, repair tools and that gunky stuff that will seal a small puncture. So we put the spare on the left front, sealed up the right front and sent them off.
After we left them, we continued driving deeper into the canyons and never saw another vehicle that afternoon. If not for us do you think that they would have been rescued? Could they have walked 15 miles through the desert during the 100 deg heat of the day?
Number of Lives Saved in 2003: Two