Survival Weekly – 12/22/14…

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Welcome to another edition of Survival Weekly, where the real wilderness survival “reality show” plays out everyday, in the wild places around our world. These unscripted stories will give you insight to the true threats and challenges you may face in your outdoor pursuits. So sit back, relax, and read on to get a dose of reality to sharpen your most valuable survival tool. – BPO

Featured – 

Got survival gear in your rig? Wrong turn leads to 10 day ordeal – http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/12/22/australia_family_stranded_in_the_wilderness_for_10_days_after_taking_a_wrong_turn.html

News – 

Officials seek $10.000 from rescued hiker – https://bangordailynews.com/2014/12/19/outdoors/baxter-state-park-officials-seek-10000-from-hiker-to-pay-for-search/

SAR exercise coordinator fined for failure to obtain permit – http://www.durangoherald.com/article/20141216/NEWS01/141219666/Probation-fine-for-ski-area-operator-

Winter Sports – 

Father and daughter spend night in snow cave (two videos) –   http://globalnews.ca/news/1738628/father-and-daughter-rescued-from-whistler-mountain/

Hiking – 

Injured hiker rescued – http://koin.com/2014/12/14/injured-hiker-59-rescued-near-wahkeena-falls/

Hikers rescued – http://www.voxy.co.nz/national/search-and-rescue-incident-cape-brett/5/210820

Lost hiker rescued – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11377318

Search suspended for missing hiker – http://www.oregonlive.com/milwaukie/index.ssf/2014/12/post_41.html

Hunter-gatherer – 

Body of missing fisherman found – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11377580

Hunting dogs rescued from gorge – http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-mid-wales-30481711

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Climbing – 

Buffalo NR – AR
Injured Climber Rescued In Difficult Nighttime Operation

On the afternoon of November 30th, BUFFSAR, the park’s search and rescue team, was activated for a high angle search and rescue mission involving a fall in the Ponca Wilderness near the Hemmed-in-Hollow Falls area.

Camron McLaughlan, 21, of Ozark, Missouri, was free climbing a vertical cliff when he fell from near the top of the approximately 150-foot-high bluff onto a ledge. He fell approximately 25 feet and landed on a ledge that was the size of a large round dining table. His companion ran up the very steep trail to a point where he had cell phone coverage and called for help.

ICS was immediately put in place, with Ranger Melissa Moses as the incident commander. Members of BUFFSAR were split into squads and positioned themselves above and below McLaughlan. The high angle squad traversed the rim of the canyon along a game trail that mirrors the ledge of the 209-foot-high waterfall. District Ranger Jason Flood rappelled down to him to begin initial treatment while the squad set up the lowering system.

As the litter reached the victim, litter attendant Logan Tucker had to wedge himself against the cliff face, as the ledge was too small for an additional person. Due to the height of the cliff, additional rope was added to the lowering system using a fisherman’s knot. After packaging McLaughlan, the litter was lowered in a horizontal position approximately 130 feet to a larger ledge and was then converted to a vertical position and lowered the remaining 150 feet through an extremely steep and heavily vegetated slope to the bottom of the bluff.

The litter squad took over the operation from there and began the carryout portion of the SAR. The terrain was extremely steep, with the litter team traversing over two-and-a-half miles of trail with a 1500 foot gain in elevation. Low angle belay systems were utilized on several occasions due to the steepness of the terrain. BUFFSAR brought McLaughlan to the trailhead at approximately 3 a.m. The waiting ambulance took him to North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison for initial treatment.

Within a matter of a few hours, the weather turned very quickly from a high of 73°F to 33°F, with a wind chill factor of 17°F, and it began sleeting.

This rescue, which occurred entirely at night and with rapidly deteriorating weather, was one of the most technically complex rescues in Buffalo National River’s history and serves as an excellent example of interagency teamwork.

In addition to the Buffalo National River protection rangers and BUFFSAR volunteers, groups participating in this operation included Alpena VFD, Arkansas Forestry Commission, Boone County Sherriff’s Office, Carroll County Sherriff’s Office Rescue Team, Compton VFD, Harrison Fire Department, Mennonite Disaster Services, National Park Service Fire Module, Newton County Sherriff’s Office, North Ark Regional Medical Center Ambulance, Tri-County Search and Rescue, and the Steel Creek Campground Hosts. In all, about 60 people were involved in the operation. Hot food and beverages were provided by the Red Cross to the members of the rescue party, who were more than ready after a major exertion and a 30-degree temperature drop.

Water Safety – 

Coast Guard searches for missing crew member –  http://www.guampdn.com/article/20141222/NEWS01/312220003/Search-ship-s-missing-crew-member-continues

Search continues for missing boy – http://westhawaiitoday.com/community-bulletin/search-continues-boy-missing-hapuna

Fisherman and Coast Guard rescue boaters – http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/27625514/coast-guard-rescues-four-people-from-boat-in-murrells-inlet

Vehicles – 

Missing snowmobiler rescued – http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/rescuers-find-missing-snowmobiler-in-gallatin-canyon/article_c6fa069c-8715-11e4-8da0-f7e06464238e.html

Two snowmobilers rescued –  http://www.chaffeecountytimes.com/free_content/article_ba752b18-87d8-11e4-9120-2fa4d7bf9e65.html

Early morning river rescue – http://lostcoastoutpost.com/2014/dec/18/river-rescue/

Stranded teens rescued – http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2014/12/18/cmm-search-rescue-team-locates-stranded-teens-on-cedar-mountain-in-early-morning-hours/#.VJg2GV6gAHA

Drinking + ATV’s + Icy River = Bad News – http://www.adn.com/article/20141215/village-travelers-feared-lost-under-river-ice-had-been-drinking-troopers-say

Snowmobiler breaks through ice and is rescued – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/tuktoyaktuk-man-rescued-after-fall-through-ice-on-snowmobile-1.2874047

Urban – 

Search for missing man – http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/64349258/search-for-missing-christchurch-tradie-fruitless

Search suspended for missing man – http://www.kob.com/article/stories/s3654122.shtml

Interested in learning skills to handle emergencies like the ones you read in Survival Weekly?   Check out BigPig Outdoors Survival 101 class  – http://www.bigpigoutdoors.net/survival-101-1.html

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