Survival Weekly – 5/7/15…

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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 – 

Record breaking year in canyon country –   http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2015/05/06/mgk-record-breaking-search-and-rescue-missions-bring-hikers-safely-out/#.VUwXj_m6fIU

And a lovesick, drunken sailor – http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Drunken-sailor-sparks-major-search-rescue-rowing/story-26457561-detail/story.html

News – 

Cool write up of horse patrol – http://www.thereflector.com/horse_corral/article_c4aed1ce-f367-11e4-bc32-e3423d5b34d2.html

Water Safety – 

Point Reyes National Seashore (CA)
Three Dead, One Missing Following Boat Wreck

On the evening of Friday, April 17th, the Coast Guard began a search for an overdue 21-foot pleasure craft with three men and one woman on board in waters near Point Reyes National Seashore.

The search continued into Saturday, when a floating debris field and grounded vessel matching the description of the missing craft were discovered within the park’s boundary in the area of Bird Rock off of Tomales Point. Shortly thereafter, the bodies of a man and woman, later identified as Richard Hargreaves, 60, and Diane Kelly, 61, were recovered from the Tomales Point shoreline and nearby waters.

Search efforts were suspended on April 19th. During a follow-up overflight of the area on Wednesday, April 22nd, the body of Ryan Viall, 29, was recovered in the area where Hargreaves and Kelly were earlier found. Additional overflight searches of the area have produced no additional clues; one man remains missing.

This was a large, multi-agency search that included National Park Service rangers, United States Coast Guard naval and aviation assets, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, the Marin County Fire Department Water Rescue Team, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team, California State Park rangers, and Tomales and Bodega Bay Volunteer Fire Departments. Media interest was high.

SAR for missing swimmer –http://www.krcrtv.com/news/local/search-and-rescue-crews-comb-river-for-missing-swimmer/32661074

Search shifts to recovery after regatta –                                                                                   http://www.al.com/news/mobile/index.ssf/2015/04/dauphin_island_regatta_search.html

Long range airlift of cruise passenger http://www.cornishman.co.uk/Culdrose-search-rescue-helicopter-airlifts/story-26440120-detail/story.html

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Hiking – 

Grand Canyon National Park (AZ)
Visitor Falls To Death From South Rim

A visitor from Las Vegas fell to his death from the South Rim on the afternoon of Thursday, April 30th.

Park dispatch received a report that a man had fallen from the edge of the Rim Trail east of Mather Point around 4:20 p.m. A hasty search was begun, but searchers were unable to find the man. His body was spotted about 400 feet below the rim from a park helicopter.

The body of the victim, identified as Juan Carreras-Soto, 29, was recovered the following day. Carreras-Soto was visiting the park with his family.

The fall has been ruled accidental, but the incident remains under investigation.

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

Hunter-gatherer – 

Body of missing hunter found – http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/body-of-canterbury-hunter-identified-2015050805#axzz3ZVi3DBAi

Search for missing fisherman – http://www.connecttristates.com/news/story.aspx?id=1200789#.VUwg0vm6fIU

Body of missing fisherman found – http://www.thenews-gazette.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2262:body-of-missing-fisherman-found&catid=77:breaking-news&Itemid=395

Climbing – 

Helicopter crashes wedding to rescue climber – http://abc7.com/news/rescue-helicopter-interrupts-malibu-beach-wedding/698602/

Vehicles – 

Paraglider accident – http://fox13now.com/2015/05/01/search-and-rescue-responds-to-utah-lake-after-man-using-paraglider-hits-water/

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.htm

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