Survival Weekly – 4/13/15…


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 – 

Autistic boy rescued from bush after four days

Inside the search –

News – 

“Denali Justice” released

Water Safety – 

Missouri National Recreational River (SD)
Search For Missing Boy Enters Third Day

A multi-agency search and rescue operation was begun on the evening of April 5th when a six-year-old boy went missing at Yankton’s Riverside Park. The boy was reported to be fishing with family members when he fell off the dock into the Missouri River.

Yankton County Search and Rescue and the Yankton Police Department responded to the park at approximately 7:30 p.m. and began a shoreline-based ground search. The Yankton County Search and Rescue dive team arrived shortly thereafter and searched in the water in the area of the boat dock. Search efforts continued until midnight when they were called off due to poor weather and cold temperatures.

On April 6th, the Yankton Police Department, Nebraska Game and Parks, Yankton County Emergency Management, Cedar County Emergency Management, and South Dakota Game Fish and Parks joined in the search, employing towed sonar to locate underwater anomalies.  A helicopter from Avera-McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls performed limited aerial searching due to poor weather, with a dog team from Brookings, South Dakota, assisting.  The Yankton County Sheriff’s Office continues to coordinate search efforts, and Yankton Police Department is handling the investigation.

Searching will continue in coming days, with the focus moving towards recovery plans, but are being hampered by cold and rainy conditions, swift currents, and deep water. The NPS will continue to be engaged in helping locate this young boy through continued assistance in this interagency effort.


Hiking – 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Rangers Rescue Seriously Injured Hiker

On the afternoon of March 29th, rangers rescued a hiker who had taken a fall onto a pile of rocks a little over two-and-a-half miles from the Ramsey Cascades Trailhead.

The hiker had sustained chest trauma and required evacuation by litter carryout from the backcountry over very rough terrain. The challenge of patient care increased when his airway became compromised subsequent to the chest injury.

In addition to the deterioration of his condition, the extrication from the backcountry required the park’s technical SAR team to construct a Tyrolean traverse to get the patient safely across a river. The SAR operation took a total of seven hours from the time of injury to the waiting ambulance at the trailhead.

The injured hiker was flown by helicopter to the University of Tennessee Medical Center and immediately admitted to the OR. Prior to departing the landing zone, ambulance personnel and flight medics had to perform a surgical cricothyrotomy to secure the airway. The patient is expected to make a full recovery.

Ranger Brad Griest was the incident commander. Go Brad!!

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

Hunter-gatherer – 

Hunter rescued

Climbing – 

Video of hoist –

Climber rescued –

Vehicles – 

SAR assists drivers –

SAR for missing snowmobiler –

Snowmobiler and skiers rescued –

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