Survival Weekly – 2/25/15…


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 – 

Personal Locator Beacons (PLB), satellite messengers, and cell phones save lives, but have their limitations. They can fail, give erratic signals, and do not guarantee that the rescue teams will be able to get to you in time.

“Unfortunately, a lot of the coordinates that we received over the night were all over the place within a mile circumference,” Fish and Game Lt. Jim Goss told WIMU

Two stories of satellite messengers failing – 

Overdue skiers found


News – 

NASAR launches new website –

RIP to SAR Technician –

Drone policy in works for Utah SAR

Winter Sports – 

Overdue skiers found

Teens survive an icy night out –

Lost skier rescued –

Snowmobilers rescued –

Hiking – 

Lost hiker found –

Adironack Ranger Rescue highlights –

Hiker self-rescues –

Injured hiker rescued –

SAR for missing hiker –

Hikers rescued –

Injured hiker rescued –

Hikers rescued –

Student group rescued –


Hunter-gatherer – 

Wounded hunter rescued –

Hog hunters rescued –

Ice fishermen recount story of survival –

Climbing – 

Injured climber rescued –

Climber rescued –

Water Safety – 

Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River (TX)
Overdue Canoeist Rescued From Lower Canyons

On February 15th, rangers Greg Drum and Beau Bracken began a search for a 68-year-old man from Albuquerque who had departed on January 30th to canoe the remote Lower Canyons portion the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River.

When his permit revealed to rangers that he was overdue, a request for assistance was put in to the U.S. Customs Air and Marine Branch out of Alpine, Texas. Drum joined the pilot to assist him with the aerial search.

The man was spotted on the Mexican side of the river near Upper Madison Falls, a Class III/IV rapid. He’d attempted to portage the rapid,  but became stranded due to his physical condition and diminished supplies. He said that he’d flipped his canoe several times earlier in the trip and had lost a bag filled with essential medication. Without his medication, he had begun to succumb to extreme lethargy and was unable to continue his trip. He said he hadn’t seen another human during his entire time on the river and therefore believed his chance of rescue was miniscule.

Drum was dropped off nearby and hiked to the man’s location. Using his canoe, Drum helped him back across the Rio Grande. The pilot waited on the Texas shore, then flew him to park headquarters in Panther Junction. He was transported to Big Bend Regional Medical Center, treated there, and released with no lasting injuries.

The remote Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic are among the most rugged and desolate locations in the Lower 48. Rangers are the only people who patrol the river along this stretch of international border. For more information and photographs of this area, click on the link below.

SAR called off for missing man –

Rescue for fishing vessel –

Search suspended for missing boy –

Vehicles – 

Stranded motorist rescued –

Stranded ATV riders rescued –

Rollover turns to SAR

Urban – 

Missing man –

Missing dementia and Alzheimer’s patients –  

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