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Survival Weekly – 9/1/15…

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Source: http://abcnews.go.com/US/10-year-survival-smarts-lost-utah-forest/story?id=33297575

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 – 

Whistles save lives!! 9 day ordeal over – http://www.keyt.com/news/sheriffs-search-and-rescue-team-members-help-missing-hiker-in-the-sierra/35022202

An underestimated threat in the woods – http://m.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/2-kids-killed-in-Yosemite-when-tree-branch-falls-6444858.php

News – 

Obama joins the survival reality show ranks – http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/31/politics/obama-bear-grylls-running-wild-survival-show/

BUSAR, a personal project fulfilled, conducts interagency training – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1037419219615195/

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Water Safety – 

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (AZ,UT)
Two Rescued Woman Charged With Assault On Rescuing Rangers

On August 4th, Ryann Shelly Holmes of Kayenta, Arizona, pled guilty to a Class A misdemeanor count of assaulting/resisting federal law enforcement officers during the commission of their duties.

The charge stemmed from an incident that had occurred on June 28th. Rangers had received a call of two intoxicated women, one of whom was having difficulty in the water while swimming dangerously close to the main channel of Lake Powell off the shore of Antelope Point.

The rangers rescued Mary Ann Gray, of Phoenix, Arizona, when it became apparent she was in danger of drowning.  Once she was pulled to shore, Gray became combative with the rangers. Holmes then interfered by pushing and hitting the rangers while they were attempting to place Gray under arrest.

Holmes was sentenced to ten days in jail, will be on probation for one year, and is banned from the park during that time. Gray is scheduled to appear in court later in August.

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (PA)
Park SAR Team Joins In Rescue Of Seriously Injured Man

On the evening of August 17th, park dispatch received a request for assistance from the New Jersey State Park Police. They needed help from the park’s SAR team in carrying out a 19-year-old New Jersey man who’d been seriously injured in a fall of from a tree near Sunfish Pond. He’d climbed the tree in order to take a picture.

When members of the SAR team and on-duty personnel arrived at Worthington State Forest, they learned that county paramedics and an officer were on scene with the man, that he’d suffered from a head injury and a possible fractured leg, and that he was in stable condition. The nine-person carryout team headed to his location, arriving around 1:30 a.m.

Once team members were on scene and could speak directly with the paramedics they determined that the man most likely had a fractured pelvis and that moving him by hand to a location that he could be transferred to a ground ambulance would cause him extreme pain. The decision was made to request a helicopter evacuation.

The New Jersey State Police Aviation Unit, which the team regularly trains with, was contacted but was unavailable to assist. The United States Coast Guard out of Sandy Hook, New Jersey, was then contacted and agreed to respond and attempt the evacuation, but their estimated time of arrival was between 5:30 and 6 a.m. The decision was made to go with the helicopter evacuation using the USCG helicopter. The team remained in place to assist with patient care and in case the helicopter evacuation turned out not to be possible.

The Coast Guard helicopter arrived in the area at approximately 5:40 a.m. The helicopter crew did a reconnaissance of the area and then lowered a rescue technician to the ground via its hoist. The injured man was then raised via the hoist to the helicopter and evacuated by air.

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (PA)
Body Of Missing Swimmer Found By NPS Dive Team

Park rangers recovered the body of Darius L. Vinson of Far Rockaway, New York, from the Delaware River just north of the I-80 toll bridge on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 19th.

Vinson, 26, was swimming with a friend near the Karamac Parking Area around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon when he began to struggle in the current and went under. His friend attempted to rescue him, but he too was caught in the strong current and began to struggle before being rescued by passing kayakers.  Neither man was wearing a life jacket.

Rangers began searching the area almost immediately on foot and in boats with assistance from Shawnee, Delaware Water Gap, and Portland Volunteer Fire Departments and Bushkill and Suburban EMS crews.  The NPS dive team searched underwater for approximately two hours before suspending the search due to darkness.

Divers resumed operations on Wednesday morning.  Vinson’s body was recovered in 10 feet of water approximately 800 yards downstream from where he’s entered the water.

Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River (NY,PA)
New York Man Drowns In Delaware River

A 48-year-old man from Flushing, New York, was swimming off Ascalona Campground in the Delaware River on the afternoon of August 14th when he began having trouble in the middle of the river.  Several visitors in kayaks also noticed the swimmer was having difficulty and told people on shore to call 911.

The kayakers saw him go underwater for 30 to 45 seconds and recovered the unconscious man. Family members and friends began CPR.  Rangers’ Kevin Reish and Larry Neal were responding to a disturbance call, noticed the incident, and joined in the response.

The man was taken by American Legion ambulance to Bon Secours Hospital in Port Jervis. He was later flown to Westchester Medical Center, where he subsequently died.

Divers rescued – http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/hallandale/fl-hallandale-sea-rescue-20150827-story.html

Missing kayaker – http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article32825562.html

Hiking – 

Adirondack SAR highlights – http://poststar.com/news/local/adirondack-forest-ranger-search-and-rescue-highlights/article_a989dccc-5014-11e5-bcc0-0b70cce99d02.html

Teen helps rescue father – http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865635565/13-year-old-keeps-dad-alive-after-he-was-injured-by-falling-boulder.html?pg=all

10 year old boy rescued – http://abcnews.go.com/US/10-year-survival-smarts-lost-utah-forest/story?id=33297575

Drunk rescued – http://wnyt.com/article/stories/s3881000.shtml

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

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source: http://www.keyt.com/news/sheriffs-search-and-rescue-team-members-help-missing-hiker-in-the-sierra/35022202

Hunter-gatherer – 

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area (MT,WY)
Fisherman’s Life Saved With AED

Ranger Jordan Sjogren was called out early on the morning of August 20th to respond to a report of an elderly male who had collapsed from an apparent heart attack while fishing in the Bighorn River. CPR was reportedly in progress.

Upon arrival, Sjogren attached the AED to the patient while a Bighorn County deputy and other civilian responders continued CPR. The AED called for a total of three shocks and CPR was continued. After the third shock, the man regained a pulse.

St. Vincent’s Help Flight arrived on scene and assumed care of the patient. He was flown to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings, Montana, and is currently in the intensive care unit.

Search for missing fisherman – http://abc7.com/news/rescue-teams-search-for-fisherman-who-fell-overboard-at-irvine-lake/952779/

Missing fisherman rescued – http://www.abc17news.com/news/possible-search-and-rescue-underway-in-boone-county/34897384

Climbing – 

Grand Teton National Park (WY)
Ten Climbers Rescued From Stettner Couloir

During the early morning hours of Sunday, August 16th, rangers began a multi-phased rescue mission for ten climbers in two separate parties who became stranded together in the Stettner Couloir late the previous evening while descending from the Petzoldt Ridge on the Grand Teton.

The initial call for help set in motion a search and rescue operation that did not end until four of the climbers were finally evacuated from the Lower Saddle of the Grand by helicopter late Sunday afternoon. Although none of the ten climbers sustained injuries during their mountain mishap, several did suffer from exposure to the extremely wet and cold conditions that they experienced during their hours-long descent of the Stettner Couloir.

The two climbing parties (one with six members and the other with four) were attempting to summit the Grand Teton in a single day, rather than making a two-day climb with an overnight in Garnet Canyon.

The two parties met up during their respective descents off the Petzoldt Ridge, and both groups made an ill-fated decision to rappel down Chevy Couloir and into the Stettner Couloir to reach the Lower Saddle at the end of their day-long climbing adventure. With little understanding of summertime conditions typically found in the Stettner Couloir, including the icy water that drains into the couloir, this decision proved to be problematic and ultimately placed the climbers in jeopardy of incurring serious injury.

At first light on Sunday, two rangers headed out on foot from the Lower Saddle’s rescue hut to climb to the scene, assess the situation, and ideally arrange for an evacuation by the Teton Interagency contract helicopter. Because high winds prevented use of the ship, three additional rangers hiked from the Lupine Meadows trailhead to reach the rescue staging area on the Lower Saddle and prepare for a ground rescue. Once the high winds subsided, three additional rangers were flown to a backcountry landing zone located on the Lower Saddle, and they also joined in the rescue operation.

Rangers also enlisted the help of four guides from Exum Mountain Guides, and two private climbers, who happened to be in the vicinity. The two private climbers accompanied one ranger to the rescue site, and the Exum guides helped the group across the Black Dike traverse after they were free of the couloir.

Rangers provided food and hot drinks to the climbers and assessed their physical condition to determine who might need aerial evacuation. Four of the ten climbers were evacuated via helicopter at 3:00 p.m. and delivered to the Jenny Lake Rescue Cache on the valley floor. The remaining six climbers hiked out of the mountains on their own.

Grand Teton National Park (WY)
Two Climbers Suffer Fatal Fall On Teewinot Mountain

Jenny Lake rangers, a Teton interagency contract helicopter, and emergency medical personnel swung into action just after 11:00 a.m. yesterday to assist two separate parties. The first and more serious accident involved a party of three climbers attempting to reach the summit of Teewinot Mountain. Two of the climbers suffered a fatal fall of approximately 200 feet. The two climbers were Tyler Strandberg, 27, originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, and Catherine Nix, 28, originally from Port Chester, New York. Both women were residents of Jackson, Wyoming.

At approximately 11:15 a.m. Teton Interagency Dispatch Center received a cell phone call for assistance via 911 from Rebecca Anderson, 26, also of Jackson, Wyoming. Anderson reported that the two other members of her climbing party, Strandberg and Nix, had fallen and were now out of sight. She made repeated attempts to yell down to her companions, but received no reply. Anderson was stuck on a small ledge and could not move to see her companions.

Upon receiving the call, rangers quickly developed a plan to reach the three climbers. Three rangers were inserted via short-haul to Strandberg and Nix’s location, a rocky ledge at an elevation of about 11,500 feet located just above the “Worshipper” and “Idol” rock towers. On arrival, the rangers assessed the condition of Strandberg and Nix, who were both unresponsive after taking an apparent fall of 200 feet. They were pronounced dead at the scene by the rangers in consultation with the park medical director.

The rangers then turned their attention to Anderson, who was stranded above the scene. Two rangers climbed steep and technical terrain for about an hour to reach Anderson, who was uninjured, and prepared her for an evacuation. She was short-hauled with an attending ranger to the Lupine Meadows Rescue Cache at 4:19 p.m. The remaining ranger then rappelled back down to Strandberg and Nix’s location.

The rangers prepared the deceased for evacuation as a second call for assistance came in. Doug Lawton, 45, of Alpine, Wyoming, was hiking on his own in Avalanche Canyon just above Lake Taminah when he accidentally pulled a “suitcase-sized” rock down on himself, injuring his leg. He was able to move a few hundred feet to a more level location, where the helicopter landed and evacuated Lawton to the Lupine Meadows Rescue Cache at 5:16 p.m. He was transported by ambulance to St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming.

The helicopter returned to Teewinot Mountain to fly the deceased to the rescue cache via long-line, where they were transferred to the Teton County coroner. The two remaining rangers were then flown back to the rescue cache via short-haul.

The three women were attempting to ascend the East Face of Teewinot Mountain. The East Face is the typical route to the summit of Teewinot and also the easiest. It is rated a class 4.0 climb, meaning that it consists of exposed rock climbing but is not considered technical in nature. Though the route is frequently climbed without ropes, the terrain is very steep and good route-finding skills, mountaineering experience, and caution are essential. The climbers were well off the East Face route and in much more difficult technical terrain when the fall occurred. They were not using ropes at the time of the fall and were apparently trying to find the proper route.

Woan and dogs rescued off cliff – http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_28705473/daly-city-cliff-rescue-underway-near-palisades-park

Vehicles – 

 Dirt bike rider rescued – http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2015/08/20/jla-responders-rescue-injured-dirt-biker-near-stucki-spring-using-polaris-ranger/#.VeXJlfm6fIU

Mountain biker rescued – http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/injured-mountain-biker-rescued-near-big-sky/article_c3f52270-d45b-566d-b856-8c6969f88392.html

Couple survives plane crash – http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11501872

ATV rider rescued – http://www.brighouseecho.co.uk/news/local/injured-quad-biker-rescued-by-calder-valley-search-and-rescue-team-in-hipperholme-1-7425020

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 and http://www.bigpigoutdoors.net/skills-of-survival.html

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Source: http://www.keyt.com/news/sheriffs-search-and-rescue-team-members-help-missing-hiker-in-the-sierra/35022202

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Survival Weekly – 5/29/15…

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RNLI Swanage lifeboat RNLI Swanage Lifeboat Crew, Swanage, Dorset, Britain – May 2008

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 – 

Ham operator rescued from mountain top –   http://www.skyhidailynews.com/news/16411066-113/grand-county-search-and-rescue-plucks-radio-operator

News – 

Tracking equipment aids urban searches – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wairarapa-times-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503414&objectid=11452224

The cost of doing business – http://www.skyhidailynews.com/news/16514082-113/search-and-rescue-card-is-a-good-investment

Drones aid in flood searches – http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/wp/2015/05/29/drone-operators-assist-search-and-rescue-efforts-after-devastating-floods-in-texas/

Water Safety – 

SAR team describes body recovery operations   https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2015/05/19/kss-to-search-and-serve-diver-describes-quail-creek-body-recovery-mission/#.VWkS8M-6fIU

Seamen missing –http://www.therakyatpost.com/news/2015/05/21/search-and-rescue-called-off-for-missing-seamen-from-barge/

SAR for missing diver http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/may/24/rescuers-search-diver-failed-resurface-swanage-dorset

 SAR for missing diver called off– http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/rescue-teams-call-search-diver-5758886

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Image: http://missoulian.com/news/local/search-and-rescue-finds-man-lost-north-of-whitefish/article_4681e024-ce99-56a2-a7ef-3dcc255b7762.html

Hiking – 

Smoke signal leads to rescue – http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/local/search-and-rescue-finds-lost-hikers-near-mount-aix/article_a424d7b8-026d-11e5-81e3-b3dbf1543100.html

Yellowstone National Park (ID,MT,WY)
Rangers Rescue Man After Fall Into Canyon

Rangers saved a man from New York after he fell approximately 25 feet into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone on Sunday, May 10th.

Shortly before 5:30 p.m., a 71-year-old man was attempting to take a picture of a sign at Grand View at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone when he stumbled backwards over a stone barrier and into the canyon.  After falling approximately 25 feet, he was able to stop himself at the top of a precipice by bracing his body and feet on opposing sides of a small crevice.  A visitor who witnessed the man’s fall ran to a nearby parking lot to call 911.

The first two rangers on scene threw a looped rope down to the man and secured him to a sign and tree at the top of the canyon. Park employees and members of the park’s technical rescue team responded to the scene and set up a system of ropes and pulleys to carry out the rescue.  One harnessed member of the technical rescue team descended to the man’s location and secured him to the pulley system.  The man was then able to walk to safety with assistance from the ropes, pulleys, and ranger.

According to staff on scene, the man was extremely lucky.  The crevice and the angle of his body during the fall helped the man stop at the top of a 200 foot drop.  A fall just inches to the left might have resulted in a fatality, as the canyon wall is mostly steep loose rock.

The man was transported by ground ambulance to a helicopter ambulance for a possible hip injury.  Seventeen Park Service staff assisted with this rescue.

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

Hunter-gatherer – 

Missing bear hunters rescued http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/missing-grizzly-hunters-located-alive-near-mackenzie-b-c-1.3087849

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (PA)
Fisherman Rescued From Delaware River

On the morning of Thursday, May 7th, park dispatch received a report from several fisherman of a man yelling for help on an overturned kayak across from Eshback.

Rangers patrolling the New Jersey section of the park were on scene within minutes of the initial report. They found that a 78-year-old New Jersey man had overturned his anchored kayak while fishing, that he’d been in the water for approximately 30 minutes prior to the initial report, and that he was wearing a lifejacket that was not properly fitted. The water temperature at the time was 59 degrees.

Within five to ten minutes of locating the man, he began to complain of shaking uncontrollably, had difficulty answering basic questions, and said that he couldn’t hold on much longer.  Due his distance from shore, the rangers could not reach him with a throw bag. With the rescue vessel still 15 to 20 minutes out, it was decided that the rangers would enter the water to attempt a rescue.

Two rangers wearing properly fitting PFDs entered the river and were secured by several throw bags. They swam half way across the river, reached the man, and cut the anchor line to his kayak. Two rangers on the shoreline then pulled all three to safety.

A waiting ambulance took the man to a local hospital, where he was treated for hypothermia. He was released from the hospital later that day.

Climbing – 

Climbing fatality – http://fox13now.com/2015/05/21/man-seriously-injured-after-falling-50-100-feet-search-and-rescue-responding/

Inter-agency training ops – http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/2015/05/23/military-rescuers-ready-to-help-if-trouble-hits-on-mt-rainier/27839593/

Climber rescued – http://www.kvoa.com/story/29151615/windy-point-rock-climber-rescued-after-falling-over-40-feet

Vehicles – 

 Grand Canyon National Park (AZ)
Airplane Wreckage Found Near Emerald Canyon

Members of a private boating trip reported the wreckage of an airplane to park rangers at Diamond Creek on May 20th. The boaters informed the rangers that they found the plane with human remains inside during a hike near Emerald Canyon.

Inclement weather prevented rangers from responding to the scene via helicopter until this past Sunday. They first recovered the remains, which await identification from the Coconino County medical examiner, then packaged the plane in a sling load and recovered it using a long line.

The wreckage matches the description of an airplane that disappeared in 2011. That plane, a red RV6 homebuilt experimental aircraft, was last seen at Grand Canyon Airport around 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 11, 2011. The NPS used both an airplane and a helicopter in search efforts at that time, covering 2,000 air miles over a 600-square-mile search area.  Civil Air Patrol’s Nevada Wing, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center assisted in that search. Search activities continued on a limited basis after April 1, 2011.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident.

ATV riders rescued – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/chilliwack-sar-rescues-2-atv-riders-1.3085022

More ATV riders rescued http://www.newsminer.com/news/alaska_news/search-and-rescue-operation-finds-overdue-atv-riders/article_6e02d724-028c-11e5-ba79-936a5d928ec2.html

Off-roader rescued – http://missoulian.com/news/local/search-and-rescue-finds-man-lost-north-of-whitefish/article_4681e024-ce99-56a2-a7ef-3dcc255b7762.html

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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Survival Weekly – 2/25/15…

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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 – 

Personal Locator Beacons (PLB), satellite messengers, and cell phones save lives, but have their limitations. They can fail, give erratic signals, and do not guarantee that the rescue teams will be able to get to you in time.

“Unfortunately, a lot of the coordinates that we received over the night were all over the place within a mile circumference,” Fish and Game Lt. Jim Goss told WIMU

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/02/21/the-young-woman-and-mountain/SEBPucaGpA1Fun4R5uoj7K/story.html

Two stories of satellite messengers failing – 

Overdue skiers found http://www.nelsonstar.com/news/292301261.html

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News – 

NASAR launches new website – http://www.nasar.org/

RIP to SAR Technician – http://www.comoxvalleyecho.com/news/local/search-and-rescue-technician-funeral-to-be-held-in-the-comox-valley-1.1773220

Drone policy in works for Utah SAR http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865622689/Bill-eases-restrictions-on-police-drone-use-for-search-and-rescue-training.html

Winter Sports – 

Overdue skiers found http://www.nelsonstar.com/news/292301261.html

Teens survive an icy night out – http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/snow-bound-maine-teens-survive-sub-zero-night-stranded-woods-n308061

Lost skier rescued – http://www.conwaydailysun.com/newsx/local-news/119312-wayward-skier-rescued-at-attitash

Snowmobilers rescued – http://fox13now.com/2015/02/22/search-and-rescue-crews-locate-two-overdue-snowmobilers/

Hiking – 

Lost hiker found – http://icelandreview.com/news/2015/02/18/search-and-rescue-find-lost-tourist

Adironack Ranger Rescue highlights – http://poststar.com/news/local/adirondack-forest-ranger-search-and-rescue-highlights-feb/article_feb7ba6c-b770-11e4-8788-cb5376d768cc.html

Hiker self-rescues – http://www.standard.net/Police-Fire/2015/02/16/Davis-Creek-Canyon-fall

Injured hiker rescued – http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/helicopter-rescues-injured-hiker-on-juan-de-fuca-trail-1.1764349

SAR for missing hiker – http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/emergency/search-underway-for-missing-german-tramper/

Hikers rescued – http://www.rgj.com/story/news/2015/02/20/lost-hikers-dog-reach-safety/23758081/

Injured hiker rescued – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=11406263

Hikers rescued – http://lasvegas.cbslocal.com/2015/02/23/3-hikers-rescued-in-red-rock-canyon-area/

Student group rescued – http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2015/02/24/stranded-nau-students-grand-canyon-abrk/23936159/

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Hunter-gatherer – 

Wounded hunter rescued – http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/66688644/Shot-hunter-rescued-from-Tararua-Ranges

Hog hunters rescued –   http://www.nola.com/traffic/index.ssf/2015/02/lost_hog_hunters_rescued_from.html

Ice fishermen recount story of survival –  http://www.postcrescent.com/story/sports/outdoors/blogs/2015/02/24/schram-green-bay-ice-survival/23931739/

Climbing – 

Injured climber rescued – http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-31634704

Climber rescued – https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/497006/climber-rescued-after-cairngorm-fall/

Water Safety – 

Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River (TX)
Overdue Canoeist Rescued From Lower Canyons

On February 15th, rangers Greg Drum and Beau Bracken began a search for a 68-year-old man from Albuquerque who had departed on January 30th to canoe the remote Lower Canyons portion the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River.

When his permit revealed to rangers that he was overdue, a request for assistance was put in to the U.S. Customs Air and Marine Branch out of Alpine, Texas. Drum joined the pilot to assist him with the aerial search.

The man was spotted on the Mexican side of the river near Upper Madison Falls, a Class III/IV rapid. He’d attempted to portage the rapid,  but became stranded due to his physical condition and diminished supplies. He said that he’d flipped his canoe several times earlier in the trip and had lost a bag filled with essential medication. Without his medication, he had begun to succumb to extreme lethargy and was unable to continue his trip. He said he hadn’t seen another human during his entire time on the river and therefore believed his chance of rescue was miniscule.

Drum was dropped off nearby and hiked to the man’s location. Using his canoe, Drum helped him back across the Rio Grande. The pilot waited on the Texas shore, then flew him to park headquarters in Panther Junction. He was transported to Big Bend Regional Medical Center, treated there, and released with no lasting injuries.

The remote Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic are among the most rugged and desolate locations in the Lower 48. Rangers are the only people who patrol the river along this stretch of international border. For more information and photographs of this area, click on the link below.

SAR called off for missing man – http://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2015/02/17/breaking-search-and-rescue-operation-underway-in-gibraltar/

Rescue for fishing vessel – https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/496484/large-rescue-operation-launched-sinking-north-sea-fishing-boat/

Search suspended for missing boy – http://www.itv.com/news/update/2015-02-20/river-rescue-teams-end-third-day-of-searching-for-boy-11/

Vehicles – 

Stranded motorist rescued – https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2015/02/20/hrc-search-and-rescue-saves-the-day-man-stranded-near-kolob-reservoir/#.VO1J-flQMsM

Stranded ATV riders rescued – http://www.wgrz.com/story/news/local/southern-tier/2015/02/21/atv-riders-rescued-at-sturgeon-point/23823547/

Rollover turns to SAR http://www.newsoptimist.ca/news/follow-the-sirens/rollover-leads-to-search-and-rescue-operation-1.1771657

Urban – 

Missing man – http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/Wolfe-Co-rescue-crews-searching-for-missing-man-292150581.html

Missing dementia and Alzheimer’s patients –  

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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Survival Weekly – 2/11/15…

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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 – 

SAR underway for missing rescuer – http://www.calgarysun.com/2015/02/06/search-delayed-for-canadian-forces-search-and-rescue-technician-missing-on-cirrus-mountain

News – 

Cosmonaut’s survival gun – https://medium.com/war-is-boring/soviet-cosmonauts-carried-a-shotgun-into-space-a9e7852c6da5

Ultimate rescue ATV? – http://theshrug.net/ghe-o-rescue-is-the-king-of-all-atvs/

SAR drone wins 1 million dollar prize, but only because Jeff Wadley didn’t enter his SAR dog deploying drone…  http://www.thenational.ae/uae/science/swiss-search-and-rescue-drone-wins-uae-competition

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Winter Sports – 

Missing snowmobiler – http://www.wcvb.com/news/missing-snowmobiler-found-dead-in-rutland/31142298

Skier rescued after two days in ravine – http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/04/us-swiss-skier-idUSKBN0L818J20150204

Hiking – 

Grand Canyon National Park (AZ)
Search For Missing Man Scaled Back

The search for a missing 21-year-old Texas man has been scaled back due to a lack of clues as to his whereabouts.

Drake Kramer, 21, was last seen near Bright Angel Lodge on the South Rim on Sunday, February 1st. He was reported as missing by members of his family on Monday. A six-day search for him ensued, but failed to turn up any evidence as to where he might be.

Rangers searched the South Rim developed area from Hermit’s Rest on the west side to Grandview on the east. Teams of searchers walked miles along the canyon rim, searched heavily forested areas, utilized dog teams, performed several over-the-rim technical searches, and conducted multiple aerial reconnaissance missions to support ground searchers.

With no additional clues to guide search efforts on land, the search will be scaled back to a continuous but limited mode in which rangers and pilots will continue to search for clues when in the area. Flyers with Kramer’s picture and description also remain posted at various South Rim locations. Anyone who may have information regarding his whereabouts is encouraged to call the National Park Service Silent Witness Line at 928-638-7840.

A photo of Kramer may be found on a previous park news release at this link:http://www.nps.gov/grca/parknews/expand-kramer-search.htm .

Hiker rescued – https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2015/02/08/ccj-sar-team-performs-2nd-red-mountain-trail-rescue-in-2-weeks/#.VNvmBflQMsM

Lost hikers – http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/search-and-rescue-teams-looking-for-lost-hikers-in-diamond/article_6a4ecf17-c8f6-5e86-8d4a-61b7fa680f05.html

Missing hiker – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11400041

Missing hikers found – http://abc7.com/news/1-of-2-missing-hikers-found-in-mt-baldy-area/512890/

Hunter-gatherer – 

Climbing – 

Missing climber in Banff – http://www.660news.com/2015/02/06/search-is-on-for-missing-hiker-in-banff/

Water Safety – 

Vehicles – 

ATV riders rescued – http://anewscafe.com/2015/02/05/search-and-rescue-locates-stranded-motorists/

Missing planes, missing pilots – http://www.businessinsider.com.au/search-and-rescue-is-underway-for-two-planes-two-pilots-missing-in-queensland-2015-2

Urban – 

Missing dementia and Alzheimer’s patients –  

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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Survival Weekly – 1/29/15…

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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 – 

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/

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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 –  

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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Survival Weekly – 1/14/15…

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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 – 

Future Darwin Award winner recounts his survival ordeal – http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/snowmobiler-shares-story-of-survival-stranded-during-snowstorm/30584778

News – 

Contracts awarded for SAR satellite services – http://www.satellitetoday.com/telecom/2015/01/13/techno-sciences-awarded-contracts-totaling-7-5-million-for-satellite-search-and-rescue/

Winter Sports – 

Snowmobile fatality – http://infotel.ca/newsitem/vernon-search-and-rescue-at-the-scene-of-serious-snowmobile-incident/it15930

Hiking – 

Search resumes for missing hiker – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/liang-jin-search-to-resume-in-north-shore-mountains-1.2898972

Hikers rescued – http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/local-news/three-men-rescued-aberdyfi-search-8409702

More hikers rescued – http://www.syracuse.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2015/01/dec_forest_rangers_two_successful_rescue_missions_in_adirondack_high_peaks.html

Hunter-gatherer – 

Eight hunters rescued from ice flow –http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/8-hunters-rescued-from-ice-floe-south-of-coral-harbour-1.2897056

Fisherman airlifted – http://infotel.ca/newsitem/vernon-search-and-rescue-at-the-scene-of-serious-snowmobile-incident/it15930

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Climbing – 

SAR Team caught in avalanche during rescue – 

Search and rescue volunteers faced a life-threatening situation when two avalanches fell in the slopes of mountain Esja outside Reykjavík during a rescue operation on Sunday evening. Two of the volunteers were tossed 80 meters (262 feet) with the second avalanche, one of them injuring his leg.

They had been called out because of a hiker, a Norwegian, who had contacted the 112 emergency hotline between 5 and 6 pm on Sunday, requesting help, as he couldn’t find his way down from Esja in the deteriorating weather conditions,visir.is reports.

Over 100 search and rescue volunteers from ICE-SAR were called out to search for the man. It soon turned out that he was located in the innermost part of Blikadalur valley and the volunteers drove there on ski-doos.

Among them were Guðmundur Óli Gunnarsson and Gísli Símonarson. They had driven their ski-doos up a steep slope but had to leave them approximately 500 meters from where the man was located. They continued on foot. Shortly afterwards an avalanche fell, throwing them ten to 15 meters but leaving them unharmed.

“We had to ask ourselves whether we should carry on or back out of the situation. There were only 200 meters left to the location where we thought the man was,” said Guðmundur. They therefore decided to continue. “He had turned cold and said he had never been as happy in his life as when he saw us there.”

Guðmundur and Gísli brought the man to their companions and then returned to pick up their ski-doos. Then a second, and much larger, avalanche fell. “Suddenly everything started moving, the snow just set off all around us and we rolled down some 50 or 80 meters,” Guðmundur recounted.

Guðmundur said they were lucky to have escaped relatively unharmed, although he injured his foot. He described it as a terrible experience to have been caught up in the avalanche and admitted that he had feared for his life at one point.

“Naturally we seriously considered withdrawing our team but we knew that we were very close to the man who was lost and that his condition was unstable. So we jointly decided to carry on and save the man,” Jónas Guðmundsson of ICE-SAR, who directed the rescue operation on Esja on Sunday, told visir.is. He added that if it had taken them a few more hours to get to the man it would have been too late.

“We who live nearby tend to underestimate Esja. It’s a real mountain. [When climbing] we achieve an elevation from zero to almost 1,000 meters [3,280 feet],” Jónas stated.

Gísli pointed out that it’s important that people look at the weather forecast before setting off and make sure that they have the right equipment. “The sun might be shining and the weather be good but during a two to three hour hike the weather can change very quickly.”

ICE-SAR search and rescue teams were called out ten times last year to save hikers from Esja, often under difficult conditions.

Water Safety – 

SAR team recovers body – http://www.wltribune.com/news/287720561.html

Vehicles – 

Driver rescued – http://www.kxii.com/home/headlines/Search-and-rescue-operation-in-Grayson-Co-for-lost-woman-288206091.html

Urban – 

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Survival Weekly – 1/7/2015…

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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 – 

7 year old survives plane crash – http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/02/us/kentucky-plane-crash/

News – 

First person account of getting rescued – http://www.xojane.com/it-happened-to-me/lost-in-the-mountains-of-north-carolina

Winter Sports – 

Mount Rainier National Park (WA)
Search For Missing Snowshoer Comes To Tragic Conclusion

The search for a 37-year-old local man who was overdue from a snowshoeing trip in the park came to a tragic conclusion on December 29th when ground crews located his body next to Edith Creek in the Paradise area, not far from the point last seen.

The man went missing on the evening of December 27th during a winter storm that dropped 20 inches of snow in 48 hours. He intended to overnight at Camp Muir, but only made it as far as Panorama Point due to formidable winter storm conditions.

A party of two waiting out the storm at Panorama Point took him into their shelter, but when the shelter was destroyed by the extreme conditions they attempted to complete their descent to Paradise together. During the descent, the man became separated from his companions in the vicinity of Edith Creek.

A hasty search was conducted on December 28th, with members of the Nordic Patrol scouring main routes in the area. Operations expanded on December 29th to include air and ground searches from Edith Creek to the upper Stevens Canyon drainage.

Members of Tacoma, Everett, Seattle, and Olympic Mountain Rescues participated in the ground search. A Chinook from the US Army Reserve’s 214th Air Division, Joint Base Lewis McChord, with park climbing rangers aboard searched by air. Approximately 30 NPS and partner personnel were assigned to the incident. David Keltner was incident commander.

Hiking – 

Search suspended for missing hiker – http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/12/29/3562638/search-for-olympic-national-park.html

FLETC classmate Hinchy to the rescue!! – http://www.nbc29.com/story/27749624/park-rangers-rescue-hiker-near-old-rag-mt#.VKeo0v6pomo.facebook

Tracks of missing hiker found – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11382483

Hikers rescued – http://poststar.com/news/local/adirondack-forest-ranger-search-and-rescue-highlights-dec–/article_96ac1a74-94ef-11e4-9dd5-5b54d5d746e2.html

Leave a location in your trip plan – http://www.kelownanow.com/watercooler/news/news/Provincial/15/01/05/Search_and_Rescue_Called_in_to_Look_for_Missing_Vancouver_Man

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Hunter-gatherer – 

Missing hunter found – http://www.scsun-news.com/silver_city-news/ci_27262788

Fishermen rescued – http://www.news-mail.com.au/news/chopper-search-and-rescue-mission-near-baffle-cree/2500109/

Climbing – 

Climber rescued – http://www.havasunews.com/news/mohave-county-search-and-rescue-volunteers-help-man-stuck-on/article_49168308-904e-11e4-8b11-b727d75687bd.html

Water Safety – 

Two bodies recoovered in boating fatality – http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Emergency-Crews-Conducting-Search-and-Rescue-on-Lake-Talquin-287421731.html

Dive team recovers drowning victim – http://www.wfla.com/story/27764635/pasco-dive-team-member-reflects-on-search-and-rescue-efforts

Vehicles – 

Missing mountain bikers found – http://www.hometownstation.com/santa-clarita-news/lost-santa-clarita-valley-hikers-found-by-search-and-rescue-117468

Helicopter diverted from plane crash search to water rescue – http://www.voxy.co.nz/national/search-and-rescue-teams-kept-busy-near-ruakaka/5/211241

Urban – 

Search continues for missing woman – http://www.chillicothegazette.com/story/news/crime/2014/12/30/search-resumes-missing-woman/21051643/

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.html

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