Survival Weekly – 3/24/2015…


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 – 

Fatal fall for hiker –

Another fatal fall –

News – 

Get-Rescued-Free card –

Cyborg SAR beetle –


Water Safety – 

Man overboard on cruise ship –

Winter Sports – 

Avalanche kills one snowmobiler, one still missing –

Hiking – 

Yosemite National Park (CA)
Missing Hiker Found After Extended Search

Missing visitor Michael “Mic” Dahl, the subject of a multi-day search, was found late yesterday morning in a boulder field east of Lower Yosemite Fall.

Dahl was spotted by visitors on the Yosemite Valley Loop Trail. They recognized him from a missing persons flyer that they’d seen. He was found approximately a quarter mile east of the Lower Yosemite Fall trail in a large boulder field below Sunnyside Bench. Dahl sustained multiple injuries and was taken to a local hospital by ambulance.

Dahl was reported missing by a group of friends on the night of Saturday, March 21st, after a short hike to Lower Yosemite Fall. Approximately 50 search and rescue crew members had been searching for him since the initial report was received.

The park received assistance from the Madera, Tuolumne, Mariposa, and Marin County search and rescue teams and the Auburn office of California Highway Patrol.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (HI)
Rangers Find And Rescue Lost Boy

An 11-year-old boy from Canada who took a shortcut off Kilauea Iki Trail was located by park rangers and reunited with his family on the night of Tuesday, March 17th.

The boy left the trail on the crater floor and attempted to shortcut his way up to the parking lot at Thurston Lava Tube, but got lost. When his parents reached the parking lot and found he wasn’t there, the father went back down the trail. He was able to make voice contact with his son, but couldn’t locate him.

Another visitor also heard the boy yelling for help near Crater Rim Trail between the Thurston Lava Tube and Kilauea Iki parking lots. The visitor found the boy’s mother at the Thurston Lava Tube parking lot and called park dispatch to report the missing child.

Five search-and-rescue rangers responded shortly after sunset. The boy was located off trail about an hour afterwards, with only minor cuts and scrapes. It took another hour for rangers to hike him back out to the trail. He was reunited with his family members, who expressed their gratitude to the rangers.

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

Hunter-gatherer – 

SAR for missing fisherman –

Climbing – 

Vehicles – 

Stranded motorists rescued –

Recovery mission for victims of plane crash –

Urban – 

Missing toddler found –

Missing dementia and Alzheimer’s patients –  

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