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Survival Weekly – 12/2/14…


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 – 

Starting and mainting a fire in cold, wet conditions if a must have lifesaving skill. Mushroom hunter rescued – http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20141202/NEWS/141209953/101064/NEWS

News – 

Sea-Doo releases SAR version – http://www.jems.com/article/industry-news/new-sea-doo-search-and-rescue-watercraft


Social media, another SAR tool – http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2014/11/30/social-media-a-new-tool-for-rescues

Winter Sports – 

Injured cross-country skier rescued – http://www.kbzk.com/news/west-yellowstone-search-and-rescue-assist-injured-cross-country-skier/

Injured skier rescued – http://www.kbzk.com/news/injured-skier-rescued-near-west-yellowstone/

Hiking – 

Missing men rescued – http://www.yumasun.com/news/mcas-yuma-search-and-rescue-helicopter-crew-assist-ycso-locate/article_93760aa8-7448-11e4-a407-3f83b6e5212f.html

Hiker stays put and is rescued – http://www.lakeconews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=39491:sheriffs-office-reports-on-cobb-mountain-womans-rescue-offers-tips-for-staying-safe-in-the-outdoors&catid=1:latest&Itemid=197

Hunter-gatherer – 

Crews dispatched for possible search – http://metronews.ca/news/vancouver/1224734/coquitlam-rescue-crews-searching-for-possible-missing-man-on-burke-mountain/

Injured hunter rescued – http://www.eacourier.com/news/hunter-rescued-after-suffering-injury-in-gila-mountains/article_3e72d376-7509-11e4-a92b-0bbdbb1730b0.html

Injured hunter rescued –  http://www.kelownanow.com/news/news/Local_News/14/11/30/Injured_Hunter_Rescued_by_Helicopter_Near_Lumby

Climbing – 

Injured climber rescued – http://www.news-leader.com/story/life/2014/12/02/grueling-rescue-saves-ozark-man-cliff/19784181/

Water Safety – 

Hikers rescued from flash flood – http://www.timesofisrael.com/stranded-hikers-rescued-from-judean-desert-flood/

Coast guard rescues five in rough seas – http://www.inquisitr.com/1644598/u-s-coast-guard-rescues-five-off-rugged-oregon-coast/

Vehicles – 

SPOT activation leads to rescue of stranded ATV rider –  http://www.terracestandard.com/news/284004941.html

SAR underway for helicopter crash – http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/11/30/search-and-rescue-team-approaches-chopper-crash-site.html

SAR teams saves tourists – http://www.icelandreview.com/news/2014/12/01/search-and-rescue-saves-tourists-highland-road

Urban – 

Body found near campground – http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/nov/27/womans-body-may-be-missing-sally-estabrook-julian/

Sherriff obtains Project Lifesaver gear – http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2014/12/01/sheriff-gets-gear-track-wandering-residents/19733183/

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Survival Weekly – 10/27/14…


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 train your most valuable tool – Bigpig

Featured – 

SOS note launches rescue – http://online.wsj.com/articles/sos-note-delivered-on-horseback-from-himalayas-helps-save-hundreds-of-lives-1413762224

News – 

College SAR team saving lives – http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/acb69a245a2f426fb31a2c43a5ea8ea7/FL–Student-Saviors/

Controversial debate on billing –



Hunter/Gatherer – 

Missing hunters found –http://www.steamboattoday.com/news/2014/oct/21/search-and-rescue-called-search-overdue-hunters/

Stranded hunters rescued – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11345702

Mushroom hunters rescued – http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/crime/2014/10/22/polk-county-search-and-rescue-locate-man-in-coastal-range/17745975/

More mushroom mania – http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/10/22/3446059/tacoma-mushroom-hunters-rescued.html?sp=/99/1683/

Hiking – 

Injured hiker rescued – http://www.summitdaily.com/news/13468968-113/group-rescue-pitman-hiker

Missing hiker rescued – http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/state-regional/missing–year-old-hiker-rescued/article_8d66b084-89d1-5ab4-a9e0-533d8afb3ab6.html

Climbing – 

Zion National Park (UT)
Climber Dies In 80-Foot Fall

A 47-year-old climber from California died in an 80-foot fall on the afternoon of Sunday, October 19th.

Christopher Spencer was hiking with a fellow climber to the base of “Iron Messiah,” a technical 5.10 climb in Zion Canyon near the Zion Lodge which the duo planned to climb together. They were on an approach pitch in easy fifth class terrain when Spencer apparently fell backward, tumbling approximately 80 feet down the steep slope and striking a series of ledges. Spencer was not roped in and was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Rangers were notified of the accident at approximately 11 a.m. via 911 calls placed by his partner and another witness.  Park medics located and reached Spencer by noon. Due to the steep rocky terrain, rangers needed to belay the litter with three attendants down the scree field.  Park medics and a requested Lifeflight medical crew stabilized Spencer during the almost three hour technical evacuation.

Spencer was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center by Lifeflight, where he succumbed to his injuries. This was the eighth climbing fatality in the park since 1983.

Injured climber rescued – http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/2513023-151/smith-rock-climber-injured-in-20-foot-fall?entryType=0

Water Safety – 

Marines rescue Boy Scout troop –           http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20141022/NEWS/310220068/Yuma-Marines-rescue-lost-Boy-Scouts-near-Colorado-River

Two boaters rescued – http://www.airmedandrescue.com/story/two-retrieved-corpus-christi-bay968

Body of missing sailor recovered –   http://www.theolympian.com/2014/10/26/3391225/search-resumes-for-missing-man.html

Coast Guard rescues three – http://www.pressherald.com/2014/10/26/coast-guard-rescues-three-after-sailboat-capsizes-in-portland-harbor/

Vehicles – 

ATV rider found chillin’ at his friends house – http://www.havasunews.com/news/subject-of-search-and-rescue-located-at-his-friend-s/article_a5539604-58e7-11e4-b2bc-fb3650e5d84a.html

Helicopter crash – http://www.airmedandrescue.com/story967

Injured cyclist rescued – http://www.onebakersfield.com/2014/10/kern-valley-search-and-rescue-assist-injured-bicyclist-on-mountain-trail/

Urban – 


Survival Weekly – 7/7/14


Television would have you believe, survival is about alliances, tiki torches, and eating gross stuff. The “real” reality show that plays out everyday in our wild areas, is about making good decisions and having the right mentality, equipment, and training for your chosen endeavor.

Contrary to the TV show intros, the wilderness is not a big, scary thing waiting to devour you. Millions of people spent time outside this week and only a handful of stories make it on here. Survival Weekly is posted not to scare people from heading outdoors or poke fun at the victims, but to use the stories as a learning tool. Awareness of threats, stories of success, bad decisions, and heartbreak all bolster and train the mindset that is so important in a wilderness emergency.

This week’s stories feature three incidents involving illness related to high altitude. Even if you aren’t planning on climbing Everest, knowing the signs and symptoms of these illnesses are important if your summer plans take you over 8000 feet. More information can be found here:  http://www.altitude.org/altitude_sickness.php

Hikers with altitude sickness rescued –  

Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
Injured Man Rescued From Sky Pond Area

On the night of Saturday, June 28th, a 21-year-old man activated his personal locator beacon (PLB) near the Continental Divide after suffering a tumbling fall and getting stuck in a location where he could not move up or down.

The PLB showed his general location to be west of the divide below the Taylor Peak – Powell Peak ridge line. Rangers were eventually able to speak with him and had him call 911 from his cell phone to enable the GPS on his phone to narrow down his location, which was found to be above Sky Pond.

A hasty team of search and rescue members left the Glacier Gorge Trailhead early Sunday morning. One team member was flown to the summit of Thatchtop Mountain. The man was located about 1500 feet above Sky Pond and 500 feet below Thatchtop Mountain in a steep, scree area with loose rocks.

The man was assessed and treated and then evacuated to the trailhead. He was taken by a family member to a local medical facility for treatment.

Rocky Mountain National Park’s Search and Rescue Team members were assisted by Rocky Mountain Rescue and Larimer County Search and Rescue.

Fishermen rescued from canyon – http://www.kmvt.com/news/local/Search-Continues-For-Missing-Hiker-In-Jerome-County-265215151.html

Paraglider rescued from tree – http://www.kval.com/news/local/Helicopter-rescues-paraglider-from-tree-265587161.html

Stranded ATV rider rescued – http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://www.netnewsledger.com/2014/07/04/peawanuck-man-rescued-after-atv-breakdown/

Climbing fatality – http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/young-climber-plunges-600-feet-to-his-death-in-the-cairngorms.24680416?utm_source=www.heraldscotland.com&utm_medium=RSS%20Feed&utm_campaign=Scottish%20News

Man rescued in remote area vehicle crash – http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/man-rescued-from-remote-area-near-pine-needle-creek-1.1899345

Jet skiers rescued by Coast Guard – http://www.windsorsquare.ca/archives/71047/teens-rescued-from-lake-erie-2

Boy rescued from surf, another still missing – http://www.dailyastorian.com/free/updated-coast-guard-suspends-search-for–year-old-in/article_00e8970a-4988-53e7-8a44-63da225c0dfa.html My 12 year old step-daughter wonders why I make her tread water so much in our lake. The rescued boy in the story treaded water for 34 minutes

Grand Canyon National Park (AZ)
Visitor Dies On Bright Angel Trail

Park dispatch received a report late last Sunday morning of CPR in progress on a park visitor just above Three-Mile Rest House on the Bright Angel Trail.

Bystanders began CPR and were soon assisted by park personnel who responded from up trail. The park’s helicopter was diverted from another medical call at Indian Gardens and arrived soon thereafter. Personnel onboard provided advanced life support resuscitation, but efforts to save the 62-year-old man proved unavailing.

The man was hiking out the canyon after completing a commercial river trip. An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the park and county medical examiner.

Hiker rescued from cliff – http://www.malibutimes.com/news/article_22a86098-0227-11e4-9eb3-0019bb2963f4.html

Hypothermic hikers rescued – http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-06/two-stranded-mount-bogong-bushwalkers-lucky-to-be-alive/5575110?section=sport

Quarry claims teenager – http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/25949982/search-and-rescue-underway-at-milford-quarry

Missing boater recovered – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/body-of-missing-boater-recovered-from-spednic-lake-1.2693758

SAR for diver hampered by rip tides – http://www.king5.com/news/local/Search-and-rescue-resumes-in-Bremerton-for-diver–265399131.html

Body recovered in National Forest search – http://fox13now.com/2014/07/06/summit-county-search-crews-look-for-missing-provo-man/



Survival Weekly – 6/1/14


Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
Teenage Visitor Rescued From Ledge On Longs Peak

Samuel Frappier, a 19-year-old visitor from Quebec, was ascending Longs Peak with a friend on Tuesday when they became separated. As Frappier attempted to descend, he got himself stranded in an extremely precarious location on Broadway Ledge and called for help.

Although Frappier was reported to be fit, he had no technical climbing equipment and no experience as a mountaineer. He was also unprepared for a night on the mountain in snow and ice and near freezing temperatures.

A rescue operation was immediately launched. The park’s SAR team was joined in the effort by Rocky Mountain Rescue and a Teton Interagency helicopter. Nearly 30 people were committed to the operation.

Frappier was helped off the ledge, flown to an LZ in Upper Beaver Meadows, and taken to Estes Park Medical Center.

For additional details, see the news story and a minute-long video at the link below.


Another hiker stuck on a ledge – http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/central/provo/crews-rescue-hiker-in-rock-canyon/article_29d3a3d1-d453-51f6-a5f7-003f5b7c79cb.html

Six climbers missing on Mt. Ranier – http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/31/mount-rainer-six-lost-search-rescue-washington

Updated: All six presumed dead: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/05/31/six-climbers-reported-missing-on-mt-rainier-helicopter-search-launched/

Search conitinues for missing Alaska hiker – http://www.adn.com/2014/05/28/3491047/juneau-outdoorswoman-missing-since.html?sp=/99/188/

Missing rafter – http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://www.krextv.com/story/23-year-old-center-of-rafting-search-and-rescue-20140527

Stranded climbers rescued – http://www.summitdaily.com/news/11594314-113/climbers-summit-mount-rescue

Stranded and injured hikers rescued – http://www.summitdaily.com/news/11594314-113/climbers-summit-mount-rescue

Rafters capsize and rescued – http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://www.theprogress.com/news/260674771.html

Skiers rescued after triggering avalanche – http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://mtstandard.com/news/local/military-helicopter-rescues-skiers-in-highlands/article_7319d1d4-e502-11e3-b178-001a4bcf887a.html

Missing hikers rescued after night out – http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/2-San-Diego-Hikers-Missing-on-Mt-Baldy-260685831.html

Injured hiker rescued – http://www.kptv.com/story/25606535/search-and-rescue-respond-to-injured-hiker-in-the-gorge

Missing ATV rider located – http://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/115826/Okanagan-wilderness-rescue

Snowmobiler injured after driving off cliff – http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57987145-78/lake-helicopter-peck-able.html.csp