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
Somehow I missed this incredible story. It has been said and proven that people in good shape are harder to kill. Tough workouts and athletic events build perseverance and the mindset to push through mental and physical barriers. As the author stated in the article, this guy is not built for swimming long distance. Outstanding display of mental and physical toughness.
Man falls overboard, swims 9 miles to shore – http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/13/opinion/nyad-rob-konrad-swimming-survival/index.html
I think drones will be a huge asset in SAR, so I will be posting news feeds about them – http://www.theprovince.com/news/Coquitlam+Search+Rescue+hoping+provincial+using+aerial+drones/10762383/story.html
SAR helmets now offering attachment points – http://www.policeone.com/police-products/search-and-rescue/articles/8202924-New-search-and-rescue-helmets-offer-accessory-mounting/
Winter Sports –
Snowboarder rescued after three day ordeal – http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/strong-willed-snowboarder-rescued-after-3-nights-in-whistler-backcountry-1.2204801
Yellowstone National Park (ID,MT,WY)
Visitor’s Body Found Along Yellowstone Ski Trail
The body of a Montana man was discovered this past weekend along a park ski trail.
Snowshoers called 911 around noon on Saturday after spotting what they thought was a frozen human body in the snow along a groomed ski trail in the northern part of the park.
Rangers responded to the Frog Rock Trailhead, which is south of the Grand Loop Road, eight-and-a-half miles east of Mammoth Hot Springs.
They discovered the body of 52-year-old Merik Morgan from Belgrade, Montana, not far from the ski trail along the Blacktail Plateau Drive.
While initial indications are that the man succumbed to hypothermia, the incident remains under investigation.
Injured snowshoer rescued – http://www.intelligencer.ca/2015/01/28/sar-techs-rescue-injured-hiker
Ice climber rescued – http://www.ktvq.com/story/27943018/ice-climber-rescued-from-mean-green-near-cody
Olympic National Park (WA)
Body Of Missing Hiker Found
On Sunday, January 25th, searchers, aided by several dog teams, located and recovered the body of missing hiker James Thomas Griffin in very rugged terrain near the Boulder Creek trailhead.
Griffin, 60, of Port Angeles, Washington, was the subject of an intensive five-day search that began on Christmas Eve.
Griffin’s remains were found by a search dog team in a very steep, rugged and densely forested area about a third of mile from and nearly 1,000 vertical feet above the trail. An investigation at and around the scene showed no indications of foul play or wildlife interactions.
Griffin was last seen by other hikers around 4 p.m. on Monday, December 22nd, at Olympic Hot Springs. He was reported missing on December 24th when he did not arrive at a Christmas Eve dinner as planned.
Griffin’s daypack was found on December 25th about a half-mile from the trailhead. Despite the five-day search involving over 20 people and several search dog teams, no other clues were located until Sunday.
Six dog teams from the all-volunteer group German Shepherd Search Dogs searched on Saturday; two teams searched on Sunday.
Air ops delivery helps rescue hiker – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/successful-air-search-and-rescue-conducted-near-rankin-inlet-1.2930745
Missing woman found unconscious in blizzard conditions – http://www.dailyastorian.com/Local_News/20150128/seaside-search-and-rescue-finds-lost-resident
Hunter rescued after 6 days – http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2015/01/27/hunter-missing-for-six-days-found-alive/22424449/
Border Patrol locates missing hunter. Whistle and flashlight used for signalling – http://www.kvoa.com/news/border-patrol-rescue-60-year-old-hunter-on-tuesday/
Water Safety –
I fall in the lake at work – https://bigpigblog.com/2015/01/29/man-in-the-lake-lessons-learned/
Heart attack at 30,000 feet. Paramedics to the rescue – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2924551/Firefighters-hailed-heroes-reviving-passenger-heart-stopped-beating-flight-southern-California-Houston.html
Missing dementia and Alzheimer’s patients –
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