Survival Weekly – 8/16/15…

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 – 

Jet skier ercounts ordeal – http://www.app.com/story/news/crime/jersey-mayhem/2015/08/12/missing-highlands-jet-skier-tells-ordeal-and-rescue/31526305/

Dehydration kills couple in desert – http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/08/us/new-mexico-french-deaths/index.html

News – 

Search & Rescue for sale – http://www.wired.com/2015/08/search-and-rescue-for-sale/

P-SAR in Grand Canyon – http://azdailysun.com/news/local/clueless-hikers-still-a-puzzle-to-rangerrs/article_4667a32b-d591-53d1-bf94-80be0aad57c0.html

Rescues in Rainier on rise – Go get ’em Tabi-cat!! – http://nwnewsnetwork.org/post/rescue-calls-mount-rainier-national-park-increase-sharply

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Image: http://nwnewsnetwork.org/post/rescue-calls-mount-rainier-national-park-increase-sharply

Water Safety – 

Kayaker’s body recovered – http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/body-of-missing-kayaker-found-in-shortts-lake-1.2519154

Tragic teen drowning –http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/mother_of_teenage_boy_who_died_at_a_lake_in_thorpe_st_andrew_says_the_loss_is_devastating_1_4192668 h

SAR for missing boater – http://globalnews.ca/news/2159453/young-woman-drowns-in-harrison-lake/

Kayakers rescued – http://www.sequimgazette.com/news/321577091.html

Drowning victim recovered – http://www.kbtx.com/home/headlines/Search-and-Rescue-Crews-Searching-Lake-Bryan-for-Missing-Man-321156301.html

SAR for canoeist – http://www.bgdailynews.com/news/search-continues-in-possible-drowning/article_bcf08ddd-2202-5feb-b222-db17d0107e9d.html

Hiking – 

Yellowstone National Park (ID,MT,WY)
Hiker’s Death Confirmed As Caused By Grizzly Attack

Results from an autopsy conducted on Monday afternoon revealed that Lance Crosby, a 63-year-old Billings man, died as a result of traumatic injuries sustained from a bear attack.

Results from genetic (DNA) analysis of bear hair samples collected next to Crosby’s body confirmed the adult female grizzly bear that was captured at the scene on the night the body was discovered was the bear involved in the fatal attack. Additional evidence that this female was the bear involved in the attack included the following:

  • The bear and cubs were at the attack site when Crosby’s body was found by park rangers
  • Bear tracks of a female with cubs were found at Crosby’s body
  • This bear was captured at the fatality site within 24 hours of the body being found; and
  • Canine puncture wounds inflicted on the victim are consistent with the bite size of the female captured at the site.

Based on the totality of the evidence, this adult female grizzly was the bear involved in the fatality and was euthanized yesterday. An important fact in the decision to euthanize the bear was that a significant portion of the body was consumed and cached with the intent to return for further feeding. Normal defensive attacks by female bears defending their young do not involve consumption of the victim’s body.

Arrangements have been made to transfer the bear’s two cubs to a facility accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The AZA sets strict standards for facilities with regard to animal handling and care. Details of this placement are still being finalized. The facility is expected to make an announcement on Friday.

“As managers of Yellowstone National Park, we balance the preservation of park resources with public safety,” said Superintendent Dan Wenk. “Our decision takes into account the facts of the case, the goals of the bear management program, and the long term viability of the grizzly bear population as a whole, rather than an individual bear.”

The area closures, including the Elephant Back Loop Trail and Natural Bridge Trail will be lifted today.

Bees, screen shots and maps – http://www.thenewsguard.com/news/high-tec-rescue-two-people-rescued-at-cascade-head/article_904bf0ea-428d-11e5-90d3-abbaa9909d00.html

Hiker stays put, gets rescued – http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/hiker-gets-lost-stays-put-and-waits-for-rescue/article_9bc005bb-c3d4-5e89-854c-fe5719a97b1d.html

body of missing boy found – http://abc7chicago.com/news/body-of-missing-boy-5-found-by-searchers-in-az-/919829/

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

spences bridge

Image: http://www.kamloopsbcnow.com/watercooler/news/news/Kamloops/15/08/14/Kamloops_Search_and_Rescue_Recover_Two_Bodies_Near_Spences_Bridge

Hunter-gatherer – 

Search for missing angler – http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/rescue-operation-underway-kerry-coast-6253369

Climbing – 

Climber rescued – http://www.aspentimes.com/news/17648846-113/climber-rescued-from-maroon-bells-after-fall

Climbing fatality – http://www.ksl.com/?sid=35985589&nid=148&fm=most_popular&s_cid=popular-5

wired

Image: http://www.wired.com/2015/08/search-and-rescue-for-sale/

Vehicles – 

 MVA with technical rescue – http://www.kamloopsbcnow.com/watercooler/news/news/Kamloops/15/08/14/Kamloops_Search_and_Rescue_Recover_Two_Bodies_Near_Spences_Bridge

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

spences 2

Image: http://www.kamloopsbcnow.com/watercooler/news/news/Kamloops/15/08/14/Kamloops_Search_and_Rescue_Recover_Two_Bodies_Near_Spences_Bridge

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