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Survival Weekly – 1/29/15…


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 – 

Somehow I missed this incredible story. It has been said and proven that people in good shape are harder to kill. Tough workouts and athletic events build perseverance and the mindset to push through mental and physical barriers. As the author stated in the article, this guy is not built for swimming long distance. Outstanding display of mental and physical toughness. 

Man falls overboard, swims 9 miles to shore – http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/13/opinion/nyad-rob-konrad-swimming-survival/index.html

News – 

I think drones will be a huge asset in SAR, so I will be posting news feeds about them –   http://www.theprovince.com/news/Coquitlam+Search+Rescue+hoping+provincial+using+aerial+drones/10762383/story.html

SAR helmets now offering attachment points –  http://www.policeone.com/police-products/search-and-rescue/articles/8202924-New-search-and-rescue-helmets-offer-accessory-mounting/

Winter Sports – 

Snowboarder rescued after three day ordeal – http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/strong-willed-snowboarder-rescued-after-3-nights-in-whistler-backcountry-1.2204801

Yellowstone National Park (ID,MT,WY)
Visitor’s Body Found Along Yellowstone Ski Trail

The body of a Montana man was discovered this past weekend along a park ski trail.

Snowshoers called 911 around noon on Saturday after spotting what they thought was a frozen human body in the snow along a groomed ski trail in the northern part of the park.

Rangers responded to the Frog Rock Trailhead, which is south of the Grand Loop Road, eight-and-a-half miles east of Mammoth Hot Springs.

They discovered the body of 52-year-old Merik Morgan from Belgrade, Montana, not far from the ski trail along the Blacktail Plateau Drive.

While initial indications are that the man succumbed to hypothermia, the incident remains under investigation.

Injured snowshoer rescued – http://www.intelligencer.ca/2015/01/28/sar-techs-rescue-injured-hiker

Ice climber rescued – http://www.ktvq.com/story/27943018/ice-climber-rescued-from-mean-green-near-cody

Hiking – 

Olympic National Park (WA)
Body Of Missing Hiker Found

On Sunday, January 25th, searchers, aided by several dog teams, located and recovered the body of missing hiker James Thomas Griffin in very rugged terrain near the Boulder Creek trailhead.

Griffin, 60, of Port Angeles, Washington, was the subject of an intensive five-day search that began on Christmas Eve.

Griffin’s remains were found by a search dog team in a very steep, rugged and densely forested area about a third of mile from and nearly 1,000 vertical feet above the trail.  An investigation at and around the scene showed no indications of foul play or wildlife interactions.

Griffin was last seen by other hikers around 4 p.m. on Monday, December 22nd, at Olympic Hot Springs. He was reported missing on December 24th when he did not arrive at a Christmas Eve dinner as planned.

Griffin’s daypack was found on December 25th about a half-mile from the trailhead.  Despite the five-day search involving over 20 people and several search dog teams, no other clues were located until Sunday.

Six dog teams from the all-volunteer group German Shepherd Search Dogs searched on Saturday; two teams searched on Sunday.

Air ops delivery helps rescue hiker – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/successful-air-search-and-rescue-conducted-near-rankin-inlet-1.2930745

Lost hiker found –http://www.dailyastorian.com/Local_News/20150128/seaside-search-and-rescue-finds-lost-resident

Missing woman found unconscious in blizzard conditions – http://www.dailyastorian.com/Local_News/20150128/seaside-search-and-rescue-finds-lost-resident

Lost hikers rescued –http://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/local/cedar-city/2015/01/28/ic-search-rescue-find-couple-year-old-child-near-trail/22501137/


Hunter-gatherer – 

Hunter rescued after 6 days – http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2015/01/27/hunter-missing-for-six-days-found-alive/22424449/

Border Patrol locates missing hunter. Whistle and flashlight used for signalling – http://www.kvoa.com/news/border-patrol-rescue-60-year-old-hunter-on-tuesday/

Climbing – 

Climber injured – http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/65394854/man-falls-on-rocks-on-pisa-range

Hueco Tanks climbing accident – http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/Man-falls-off-cliff-at-Hueco-Tanks-search-and-rescue-team-sent-to-render-aid-71586.shtml#.VMrdP_5QMsM

Injured climber rescued – http://napavalleyregister.com/star/news/local/climber-injured-rescued-upvalley/article_d8815de6-7f5b-5085-bb8c-46fcbaa65303.html

Water Safety – 

I fall in the lake at work – https://bigpigblog.com/2015/01/29/man-in-the-lake-lessons-learned/

Vehicles – 

ATV rollover – http://www.yumasun.com/news/wellton-fire-department-also-played-role-in-rescue-of-man/article_4fa17ab2-a29f-11e4-8fb6-e32e732a6a36.html

Heart attack at 30,000 feet. Paramedics to the rescue –  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2924551/Firefighters-hailed-heroes-reviving-passenger-heart-stopped-beating-flight-southern-California-Houston.html

Stranded off-roaders rescued –   http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2015/01/25/dsc-search-and-rescue-assists-stranded-couple-on-upper-bear-valley-road/#.VMrekv5QMsM

Urban – 

Missing dementia and Alzheimer’s patients –  

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Survival Weekly – 10/14/14…


Featured – 

17 days in rainforest – https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/25237041/cairns-woman-missing-in-rainforest-for-17-days-could-hear-rescue-helicopter-police/

News – 

Lifeguard drone – http://www.mby.com/news/537438/introducing-pars-the-search-and-rescue-drone-helicopter

Hiking – 

Lost hiker rescued – http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/video/woman-found-safe-after-becoming-lost-on-halifax-hiking-trail-1.2044364

Missing hunter rescued – http://www.willitsnews.com/ci_26699240/willits-hunter-spent-two-days-lost-woods

Injured and missing hikers rescued – http://www.wmur.com/news/nh-fish-and-game-responded-to-two-search-and-rescue-missions-friday/29078842

Missing hikers rescued – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=11341595

Stranded hikers rescued – http://www.good4utah.com/story/d/story/search-and-rescue-crews-help-stranded-hikers-in-li/41960/Hg0r9DFoBUegBGa8GBLe2A

Hunter/Gatherer – 

Hunter spends night out – http://www.ifallsjournal.com/news/outdoors/learn-wilderness-survival-basics-before-going-afield/article_ae0513a8-45a7-5bc8-b137-c71fd03fc71f.html

Injured hunter rescued after two days – http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/injured-hunter-found-huddling-warmth-after-two-day-bush-ordeal-6104797 & http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/10614079/Lost-wounded-hunter-lucky-to-be-alive

Lost hunter rescued – http://www.steamboattoday.com/news/2014/oct/14/search-and-rescue-helps-hunter-during-overnight-mi/

Watersports – 

Acadia National Park (ME)
Fishing Boat Wrecks On Park Shoreline

While en route to a harbor to get pulled from the waters for the season on October 7th, a local charter fishing boat began taking on water offshore of Acadia National Park.

Fishermen in the area assisted the boat’s captain to safety as the 50-foot wooden boat, the RV Tiger Shark, filled with water and submerged to its gunwales. The wind and currents brought the vessel aground against the rocky shoreline south of Acadia’s Thunder Hole.

Park rangers and members of the local fire department responded. The Coast Guard ascertained that the vessel contained 100 gallons of diesel fuel. With the forecast calling for rain, lightning, and four- to seven-foot seas over the next day, the Coast Guard and the Maine State Department of Environmental Protection worked quickly to remove the fuel and other hazardous materials from the vessel.

Two days after the wreck, the 1,300-pound submerged engine was retrieved. Park rangers are in communication with the owner and insurance company over removal of the wreckage and remaining shoreline debris.

Jason Flynn is the incident commander and Bob Bechtold is the safety officer for the operation.

Fishing crew and Coast Guard team up for rescue – http://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Coast-Guard-Local-Fishermen-Save-Sinking-Boat-278895561.html

Incoming tide strands five on rock – http://www.kgw.com/story/news/local/central-coast/2014/10/11/five-people-rescued-at-coast/17124877/

Two rafters drown on Peruvian river – http://www.timesofisrael.com/rescue-teams-find-body-of-second-israeli-missing-in-peru/

Busy weekend for Texas Coast Guard crew –  http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Coast-Guard-rescue-7-in-Texas-during-2-missions-5819327.php

Vehicles – 

Search continues for missing helicopter –  http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/10592685/Winds-scupper-search-for-missing-pilot

Injured dirt biker rescued – http://infotel.ca/newsitem/search-and-rescue-called-after-dirt-biker-crash-at-bear-creek-trails/it13710

iPhone app saves crash victim – http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_26724237/san-jose-rescue-under-way-woman-who-drove

Mid air collision kills two – http://www.rgj.com/story/news/2014/10/14/pilot-killed-mid-air-collision-near-yerington-oregon-fireman/17261857/

Urban – 

Missing elderly man found – http://thenelsondaily.com/news/missing-72-year-old-man-found-unharmed-nelson-search-and-rescue-33818#.VD57E_nIL58

Search underway for missing Alzheimer’s patient –  http://fox5sandiego.com/2014/10/11/rescue-efforts-continue-for-missing-75-old-year-woman-in-julian/

Missing toddlers found – http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/2491952-151/police-search-and-rescue-busy-over-weekend?entryType=0#

Climbing – 

Grand Teton National Park (WY)
Injured Climber Rescued From Lower Exum Ridge

A Utah climber required a helicopter rescue after falling on the Lower Exum Ridge of the Grand Teton on Sunday, October 5th. Rangers were able to conduct the late-season rescue despite low staffing levels and challenging weather conditions.

Tomasz Misiewicz, 39, of Murray, Utah, was climbing with a partner below the first pitch of the Lower Exum Ridge when he fell approximately 20 feet and sustained a leg injury. Misiewicz’s first piece of rock protection failed during the fall. He had taken a smaller fall without injury moments earlier on the same piece of rock protection, possibly contributing to the failure.

Misiewicz’s partner was able to lower him to a ledge and contact the Teton Interagency Dispatch Center via 911 shortly after the accident. The center received the cell phone call for help at 11:15 am. Fortunately, three seasonal climbing rangers, all of whom had completed their seasons and were making preparations to return to their winter homes, were available to assist from the Lupine Meadows Rescue Cache. Permanent climbing rangers were also able to assist.

High winds and rapidly changing cloud conditions were a concern for the rescuing rangers. They were able to conduct a reconnaissance flight with a Teton Interagency contract helicopter and determined that a short-haul evacuation was possible. Two rangers were taken to the Lower Saddle by helicopter and made their way to the scene of the accident.

The helicopter later returned and evacuated Misiewicz and an attending ranger via short-haul to the Lupine Meadows Rescue Cache, where he was transferred to a park ambulance and transported to St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson. The helicopter later returned to the Lower Saddle and extracted the remaining ranger and Misiewicz’s partner.

Climbers separated before accident –  http://www.9news.com/story/news/local/2014/10/12/maroon-bells-climbers-separated/17158939/