Survival Weekly – 8/11/14…


Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park (CO)
Rangers Find Missing Boys And Father

Park rangers worked quickly on the afternoon of Tuesday, August 5th, to search the area along and around the Warner Route for a father and two boys from New Mexico who were reported missing by family members.

The boys, ages 12 and 14, had gotten separated from their father during a short hike. He returned to the parking lot to tell his wife and daughter that the boys were missing and then went back into the canyon to look for them. When he did not promptly return, family members reported all three as missing and a hasty search was begun.

After several hours of searching along the upper parts of the route and canyon rim, and with darkness approaching, two rangers carrying overnight gear and extra food and water hiked to the bottom of the route.

The man and two boys were located around midnight at the Gunnison River. They were hungry and thirsty, but otherwise in good condition. They hiked out with rangers on Wednesday morning.

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (CA)
Body Of Missing Hiker Found On Mt. Whitney

The body of missing hiker Dawson Johnson was found on the north slope of Mt. Whitney just before nightfall on July 30th, bringing to a conclusion a two-day search for him.

Johnson is believed to have fallen in a very rocky and steep area. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Johnson, who was from Redwater, Texas, was hiking in the wilderness of Sequoia National Park with his wife. On July 29th, he decided to hike on his own from Guitar Lake to Mt. Whitney and planned to return to the Lower Crabtree Meadow area of the park. He was last seen by other hikers between Trail Crest and the summit of Mt. Whitney at approximately 3 p.m. on the same day.

On July 30th, Johnson’s wife hiked to the closest ranger station to let a wilderness ranger know that he had not returned as planned.

A total of 39 park employees were involved in the search.

Stranded hikers rescued –

Injured hiker rescued –

Scout Leader with broken leg rescued –

Body of mushroom hunter found –

Missing fisherman in Alaska –

Body of climber recovered –

Body of missing hiker recovered –

Injured hiker rescued –

Search resumes for missing hiker at Mount St. Helens –

SAR launched for missing exchange student –

ATV rider rescued after rollover –

Grand Canyon National Park (AZ)
Body Found Below South Rim

On Wednesday, August 6th, searchers found a body several hundred feet below the rim of the canyon at a location where a visitor was last seen on August 2nd.

A search was begun that day for Marc Buckhout, 36, who was last seen hiking along the South Rim west of Grandview Point.

The body was recovered Thursday morning and turned over to the county medical examiner for positive identification.

Lake Mead NRA – NV, AZ
Bodies Of Two Drowning Victims Found

Two bodies have been recovered in areas where two men disappeared while swimming on July 20th.

On the afternoon of August 1st, park dispatch received a call from a visitor who reported seeing a body floating on Lake Mohave. Responding rangers recovered the body of an adult male from the Nevada shoreline.

A 53-year-old Las Vegas man was reported missing near that location on July 20th after jumping off his boat to go swimming. He was not wearing a lifejacket.

On August 4th, volunteers from Earth Resource Group employing advanced underwater detection equipment found a body 340 feet underwater near Lake Mead’s Boulder Islands. Rangers and state game wardens recovered it.

A 25-year-old Las Vegas man was reported missing in this area after going swimming without a lifejacket on July 20th.

Both incidents are under investigation.

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