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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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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

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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


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

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spences 2

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Survival Bi-Weekly – 6/12/15…


Image: http://www.outsideonline.com/1986496/search-and-rescue-public-service-not-exactly

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 – 

Bear attack in my district (and my excuse why Survival Weekly got delayed to Bi-weekly while I worked that incident) – http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2015/06/08/smokies-rangers-plan-euthanize-bear-attacked-boy/28691927/

Great first hand AAR from rescued hiker – http://www.equipped.org/032015survive.htm

News – 

Rescue a public service? – http://www.outsideonline.com/1986496/search-and-rescue-public-service-not-exactly

App for SAR planning – http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kent/news/ksar-38065/

Rescue in paradise could cost – http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/blog/morning_call/2015/06/kauai-considers-making-hikers-who-ignore-warnings.html

Water Safety – 

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

Efforts to find missing river guide Morgan Heimer, 22, have been scaled back following a six-day search that has turned up no clues as to his whereabouts.

Heimer was last seen on Tuesday, June 2nd, at approximately 4 p.m. around Pumpkin Springs along the Colorado River. The initial park response included searching the area where he was last seen by air and an immediate hasty search by rangers. For the past six days, park rangers have conducted an extensive search of about 14 miles of the river and four miles along its shores.

The search will now be scaled back to a continuous but limited mode in which rangers and pilots will continue to look for clues when in the area. Flyers with Heimer’s picture and description remain posted at various South Rim locations, and all launching river trips will briefed on particulars regarding the search.

Little River Canyon National Preserve (AL)
Man Drowns In Johnnie’s Creek

A Piedmont man drowned in Johnnie’s Creek at a local swimming area known as the Mill Hole on May 27th. The Mill Hole is located within the legislative boundaries of Little River Canyon National Preserve, but is on private property.

Cherokee County deputies, Cherokee County EMS, Cherokee County Rescue Squad, and National Park Service rangers responded.

Witnesses told deputies and investigators that Matthew Frost, 22, jumped into the water and appeared to be struggling. He went under and never resurfaced. Two bystanders had just arrived and jumped into the water, located Frost, and pulled him to the rocks. CPR was started once he was removed from the water. Frost was pronounced dead at the hospital by the Cherokee County coroner.

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area (TX)
Local Man Drowns In Park Swimming Area

A 21-year-old Amarillo resident died at Spring Canyon just below the Sanford Dam on Wednesday, May 27th.

The Borger Police Department received a 911 call around 11:30 a.m. reporting that a swimmer had gone under and had not surfaced.

Rangers arrived on scene within minutes and had a john boat and two kayaks in the water within 30 minutes of the initial 911 call. Search efforts were accompanied by a grid ground search by NPS firefighters in the Spring Canyon swimming area.  The man’s body was found by the Amarillo Police Department’s dive team about an hour later.

SAR for missing rafter – http://www.chaffeecountytimes.com/free_content/search-continues-for–year-old-rafter-on-arkansas-river/article_19bdcfde-104c-11e5-88c2-931d38f74bd4.html

River rescue near Great Falls – http://www.kfbb.com/story/29202894/river-rescue-near-great-falls

Tragic boating accident – http://www.good4utah.com/story/d/story/search-and-rescue-underway-on-bear-lake/19994/sMqqRIZfNUeXC2yO1FwqVw

Helicopter rescue of infant – http://www.northdevonjournal.co.uk/PHOTOS-Dramatic-helicopter-rescue-month-old/story-26626212-detail/story.html

SAR for canoeists – http://www.derryjournal.com/news/major-incident-declared-after-canoes-capsize-on-foyle-1-6784156

Body of teen recovered – http://www.katu.com/news/local/Search-and-rescue-underway-at-Lewis-River-306423811.html

Boating accident – http://globalnews.ca/news/2044042/rescue-crews-and-rcmp-work-to-recover-boaters-body-after-accident-on-pitt-lake/

Surfer to the rescue – http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/surfers-brave-rescue-attempt-to-save-drowning-perth-man-swept-off-rocks-in-esperance-swell/story-fnhocxo3-1227376221031

Hiking – 

Badlands National Park (SD)
SAR Team Rescues Injured Danish Visitor

On the evening of Saturday, June 6th, the park’s search and rescue team rescued a 23-year-old visitor from Denmark who’d fallen and sustained injuries to her left leg while hiking on the Notch Trail.

The woman was able to crawl a significant distance and descend to the base of a log and cable ladder, where SAR team members found her. Team members employed a rope system to lower the patient in a litter to waiting ambulance personnel. She was then taken to a hospital in Phillip, South Dakota.

This was the second rescue from the Notch Trail this year. In April, a visitor from Russia was also injured in a fall.
Yellowstone National Park (ID,MT,WY)
Visitor Injured In Encounter With Bison

A 62-year-old Australian man sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries after an encounter with a bison near Old Faithful Lodge yesterday morning.

According to witness reports, several people were crowding a bison that was lying on the grass near an asphalt path when the man approached it while taking pictures with an electronic notepad. He got to within three to five feet from the bison when it charged him, tossing him into the air several times.

When responding rangers arrived on scene, the bison was approximately 100 yards from the injured man. He was flown to a hospital for treatment.

Bison can sprint three times faster than humans can run and are unpredictable and dangerous. Visitors are advised to always give the animals enough space to avoid crowding the animal.

Great Smoky Mountain National Park – Two Missing Hikers Found in Park

 Rangers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park have found a missing woman and her son from Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin who had been reported being lost in the park on Sunday, June 7.

Christy Barns, 40, and her son, Casey, 16, had sent a text message to family members on Sunday evening at 8:38 p.m. stating they were lost and needed help. Rangers were notified and were able to locate the individuals’ vehicle at Clingmans Dome. The ground search was initiated on Monday morning and the pair was soon found in good condition along the Forney Creek trail a little before 2:00 p.m.

The park had mobilized an incident management team and deployed search teams to the trails surrounding Clingmans Dome. The search involved 30 National Park Services employees with 15 of those actively searching in the field. The initial search focused on trails which carried the highest probability of where the pair may have been located.

Great Smoky Mountain National Park – Body of Missing Hiker Found in Park

 Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers believe to have discovered the body of reported missing hiker, Jenny Bennett, 62, of Sylva, NC in the Lester Prong area of Greenbrier above campsite 31 on Monday, June 8. It was reported to park officials on Sunday, June 7 that Bennett was missing and possibly in the park.  Her vehicle was located at the Porters Flat Trailhead later that evening. An area wide search operation of trained man trackers was underway when she was found by rangers.

Bennett was an avid hiker in the Smoky Mountains and maintained a blog about her trips. She was a member of the Smoky Mountain Hiking Club and often liked to hike off trail in the park. http://www.knoxnews.com/news/local-news/body-of-hiker-found-in-smokies-identified-as-jenny-bennett

Body of hiker recovered –   http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Search+rescue+crews+find+body+missing+hiker+Chilliwack+backcountry/11116543/story.html

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –


Image: http://www.chaffeecountytimes.com/free_content/search-continues-for–year-old-rafter-on-arkansas-river/article_19bdcfde-104c-11e5-88c2-931d38f74bd4.html

Hunter-gatherer – 

Mushroom hunter found –   http://www.kamloopsbcnow.com/watercooler/news/news/Kamloops/15/06/02/Kamloops_Search_and_Rescue_Looking_for_Missing_Mushroom_Picker

Climbing – 

Grand Teton National Park (WY)
Injured Climber Rescued From Garnet Canyon

On Tuesday afternoon, rangers conducted a rescue operation via helicopter for an injured climber who fell on a wet rock slab just above the Meadows area of Garnet Canyon in the heart of the Teton Range.

Charlie Emerson, 31, of Marietta, Georgia was solo climbing a fourth class rated rock slab when he slipped and slid approximately 150 to 200 feet before coming to rest in a snowfield at the base of the rock feature. Emerson was not wearing a helmet at the time of his fall.

Two Grand Teton employees conducting a research project in Garnet Canyon witnessed Emerson’s sliding fall and immediately began hiking to his location. These park employees are certified as emergency medical technicians and they were able to effectively assess Emerson and provide emergency medical care until park rangers could arrive by helicopter.

A separate backcountry party also reached Emerson and placed an emergency call for help via cell phone. That call was received by Teton Interagency Dispatch Center at 12:30 p.m.  Because wet, snow sloughs were shedding off areas above the accident site, responders carefully moved Emerson to a more secure area out of harm’s way.

Park rangers happened to be conducting early season training at the time at the Teton Interagency Helibase, located at the Jackson Hole Airport. Their preseason training included a Helicopter Express ship that just came under contract with Grand Teton and Bridger-Teton National Forest to support firefighting and search and rescue operations during the coming season.

The helicopter flew from the helibase to the Jenny Lake rescue cache located near the base of the Teton peaks at Lupine Meadows and picked up two rangers for transport to Garnet Canyon. After the ship landed on a snow-covered area near the accident site, the two rangers traversed about 200 yards to reach Emerson and place him in a rescue litter. They carried him back to the helispot and placed him inside the ship for a quick flight to the Jenny Lake rescue cache. Emerson was then transferred into a waiting park ambulance and transported to St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson for further care of his multiple injuries.

Emerson did not receive a head injury, which was lucky given the fact that he was not wearing a helmet and that he was crossing wet and likely slippery rock slabs. While rock features in Garnet Canyon can be easy to ascend, they are often more difficult to descend. As these rock slabs melt out, they can be covered with slippery silt or sand, which makes good traction more challenging.

Climbing accident – http://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/whistler/search-and-rescue-comes-to-aid-of-one-its-own/Content?oid=2657258

Vehicles – 

 Off roader rescued – http://www.thewesternnews.com/members/search-and-rescue-pulls-jeep-from-creek/article_73822d22-092f-11e5-a4b5-77d0571dc362.html

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Survival Weekly – 12/9/2014…


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 – 

Man vs. Bear – Your chances of getting attacked by a dog are exponentially higher than being attacked by a black bear, but knowing what to do is good info to have on board. I always tell people that if they knew how tough they were, hikers would get eaten all the time. A 200 pound animal that can climb a 100 foot beech tree like a squirrel has some serious power. Fortunately they don’t realize how soft and chewy we are and so it comes down to a dominance issue.

The following story has good points. Injury led to the attack on the hunter, but the hunter survived because he took the fight to the bear. This is key. If you act like prey, you will be. Prey doesn’t fight back. I have punched a bear in the face that tried to come in my tent  and “Rambo” Ricky, the badass you see carrying the tranquilized bear, has kicked several in the face with his logging boots. 


Whether it is a bear in your camp or an intruder in your house, when it is time to fight, don’t be prey!!

Man defends against 500 pound bear attack with knife –  http://www.wbir.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/12/09/man-bear-attack-knife-minnesota/20127583/

This article describes tourniquet use afterwards –   http://www.hngn.com/articles/44151/20140930/massive-black-bear-fatally-killed-minnesota-hunter-knife-brutal-attack.htm

– Thanks to Jeff for the heads up on the story

News – 

Changes coming for Virginia search management –  http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/local/legislation-being-drafted-to-improve-missing-person-searches/article_ac18e1bb-874b-5cee-aa1b-22fe947d0ec1.html

RescueMe Ballon on Kickstarter – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/651668573/rescue-me-balloon

Winter Sports – 

Fatality at Eldora Ski Resort – http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_27098793/boulder-sheriff-eldora-skier-22-dies-after-apparent

Missing snowmobiler – http://www.inforum.com/content/search-missing-moorhead-snowmobiler-sheyenne-river-called-until-friday-morning

Hiking – 

Mount Rainier National Park (WA)
Injured Hiker Rescued At Panorama Point

Late on the afternoon of December 2nd, a  911 call was patched through to Mount Rainier dispatch from an injured 61-year-old hiker who had broken his lower leg in a fall. He slipped on a steep icy slope and fell 50 feet just above Panorama Point, coming to rest after hitting a rock hard enough to result in a compound fracture of both lower leg bones of one leg.

A group of skiers descending from Camp Muir fortuitously came upon the accident site and the injured hiker. The group was better prepared than the great majority of backcountry travelers and was able to radio park rangers with the GPS coordinates and other pertinent information.  They then went to great lengths to protect, rewarm and care for the man for several hours of cold and windy conditions while rescuers were summoned to the park to perform a carryout.

Teams from Tacoma Mountain Rescue, Seattle Mountain Rescue and Olympic Mountain Rescue were battered by high winds as they performed the late night evacuation by rescue litter. The operation included several steep-angle technical roped lowerings down the icy slopes of Panorama Point.

Rescue efforts continued into the wee hours of the morning.  The injured hiker was then transported by ambulance to the hospital.

Remains of missing hiker found – http://www.prescottenews.com/index.php/news/current-news/item/24596-thomas-lang-remains-believed-to-be-recovered-nearly-a-year-after-disappearance

Lost hikers rescued – http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_27088302/marin-search-team-rescues-four-hikers-lost-at

Missing hikers rescued – http://www.benningtonbanner.com/localnews/ci_27069494/state-police-rescue-pennsylvania-couple-hiking-white-rocks

Hunter-gatherer – 

Search for missing teen hunter – http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/12/missing_teen_hunter_search.html

Climbing – 

Cavers rescued from mine shaft – http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-mid-wales-30366818

Water Safety – 

US teams to assist in search –   http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/390800/news/world/us-rescue-teams-join-search-for-missing-south-korea-boat-crew

Body of kayaker recovered – http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/man-missing-after-kayak-capsized-in-taylors-creek/story-fni0fee2-1227147050487?nk=42f0ada16bfd20fe69df75f514b38a48

Coast Guard saves crabbers – http://www.dailyastorian.com/Local_News/20141208/coast-guard-rescues-more-crabbers-friday

Vehicles – 

Deadman anchor and tow strap for getting unstuck in sand – http://www.nocarnofun.com/how-to-pull-your-truck-out-of-trouble-arabs-knew-this-lifesaving-trick-for-centuries/

Urban – 

Missing Campbell County woman and possible suspect – http://www.wbir.com/videos/news/local/scott-campbell-morgan/2014/12/08/tbi-no-confirmed-link-between-missing-woman–wanted-man/20124615/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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Survival Weekly – 10/1/14…


Featured – I have a couple articles in the works, so these two are timely..

Fatal bear attack – http://www.nj.com/passaic-county/index.ssf/2014/09/bear_that_killed_edison_man_had_no_history_of_aggression_officials_say.html

Got Epi? – http://www.conwaydailysun.com/newsx/local-news/116716-bee-sting-leads-to-hiker-rescue-on-mt-washington

And since my buddies and I have been riding a lot lately… ATV rider spends night out – http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/2437155-151/atv-rider-spends-night-outdoors?entryType=0

News – 

Drone owners still fighting to help SAR – http://www.businessinsider.com/civilians-with-drones-lead-charge-in-search-and-rescue-2014-9

NH recovers costs for SAR operations –  http://www.unionleader.com/article/20140928/NEWHAMPSHIRE03/140929141

Urban – New category for the fine men of T-WERM

Alzheimer’s patient tracked with telemetry – http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Old-school-technology-helps-locate-missing-Alzheimers-patient-276404411.html

Crews search for hospital walk out – http://wkbn.com/2014/09/26/search-teams-will-unite-to-look-for-missing-man/

Search for missing teen – http://globalnews.ca/news/1549318/burnaby-rcmp-looking-for-missing-man/

Hiking – 

United States Park Police
Crew Of Eagle Two Makes Two Same-Day Rescues

On September 1st, USPP Lieutenant Simeon Klebaner and Ranger Michelle Schonzeit went hiking on Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah National Park when they came upon a severely injured hiker.

While attempting to help the hiker out of the backcountry, they became concerned that wet terrain and potential storms would impede them in their efforts and might also cause additional injury to the victim. Klebaner accordingly contacted the Park Police Aviation Unit and asked for a helicopter extrication.

Pilot Officer Evasick and Rescue Technicians Sergeant Tolson and Sergeant Robbins responded in Eagle Two and conducted a hoist rescue of the injured hiker.

Once the injured hiker was safely delivered to the hospital, U.S. Park Police units responded to a call of an injured 12-year-old with a traumatic leg injury on the Billy Goat Trail at Great Falls Park. Eagle Two headed to that location, where they mad another hoist rescue.

The Aviation Unit has completed 16 hoist rescues since this past January, surpassing 2013’s ten hoist rescues conducted throughout the course of the year.

Grand Canyon National Park (AZ)
Hiker Dies On North Kaibab Trail

On the afternoon of Friday, September 19th, park dispatch received a 911 call from a visitor reporting that a hiker had fallen and was having trouble breathing.

Park rangers responded by helicopter and found the man about a half mile below Ribbon Falls on the North Kaibab Trail. A park EMT and two medics were inserted and assisted with CPR, which was already in progress. All efforts to resuscitate the man proved unsuccessful.

Michael Sperry, 46, of Valparaiso, Indiana, had been on a rim-to-rim extended day hike with his two brothers when he collapsed. Witnesses, who began CPR, reported an immediate loss of consciousness from which he never recovered. CPR efforts continued for over an hour before he was pronounced dead.

His body was flown to the South Rim and then transported to the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office in Flagstaff for an autopsy.

Boulder traps hiker, technical rescue ensues – http://www.kboi2.com/news/local/Idaho-hiker-rescued-after-getting-leg-stuck-under-massive-boulder-275998711.html


Family rescued of peak – http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/2436066-151/family-hiking-south-sister-assisted?entryType=0

Missing hiker rescued – http://www.edmontonsun.com/2014/09/23/helicopter-squadron-rescues-injured-hiker-southwest-of-edmonton

Missing hiker found – http://www.turnto10.com/story/26618377/ri-man-missing-on-hike-in-wyoming-forest

Injured hiker rescued – http://www.timescolonist.com/helicopter-team-rescues-woman-who-fell-on-west-coast-trail-1.1389328

Hikers trapped by volcano rescued – http://www.toledoblade.com/World/2014/09/27/Abe-orders-military-rescue-of-hikers-trapped-by-erupting-volcano.html

Injured hiker rescued – http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/Air-unit-helps-rescue-two-lost-hikers-277342281.html

Injured hiker rescued – http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Injured-walker-carried-Dartmoor-search-rescue/story-23014253-detail/story.html

Stranded hikers rescued – http://www.scsun-news.com/silver_city-news/ci_26630352

Climbing – safe and sound this week

Watersports – 

Gauley River National Recreation Area (WV)
Injured Boaters Evacuated During Gauley Fest Weekend

Rangers responded to a flurry of injured whitewater boaters requesting evacuation from the Gauley River last Saturday morning.

At the time, a number of rangers were already committed to handling the large volume of boater traffic that was headed into the Tailwaters parking area and boat launch. Within a span of about ten minutes, rangers were advised of three injured boaters needing attention.

Off-duty ranger Stan Wilson responded from his nearby residence and coordinated the evacuation of two boaters from the confluence of the Gauley and Meadow Rivers along with members of the Ansted VFD and a local ambulance service.

Both boaters were commercial rafting company customers. One was suffering from a knee injury believed to be a dislocation, and the other was suffering from a probable broken femur. Both injuries were stabilized on site. Wilson then used the parks UTV to transport them to waiting ambulances which took them to local hospitals. A third boater with a minor injury walked out without NPS assistance.

Gauley River rafting season visitation peaked on Saturday, September 20th, during the Gauley Fest weekend, an American Whitewater-sponsored paddling festival believed to be the largest such festival in the world. There are three weekends left in the season, which ends October 19th.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (MI)
Rangers Respond To Diving Emergency

On September 18th, the Coast Guard in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, received a call for assistance from the research vessel David Boyd, which was inspecting a newly-discovered shipwreck in Lake Superior. The captain declared a SCUBA emergency and requested medical assistance for a 64-year-old diver who had ascended too quickly from a 220-foot-deep dive.

The nearest Coast Guard vessel was five hours away, so assistance was sought from rangers in Grand Marais, Michigan.  Rangers Shaun Hughes and Matt Davis responded in the park boat along with members of the Burt Township ambulance corps and the local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

After battling waves up to six feet high, rangers made contact with the David Boyd approximately eight miles offshore of Grand Marais.  Park and local EMTs boarded the research vessel and found the diver to be suffering from probable decompression sickness – he was weak and lethargic and unable to move or bear weight on his legs.

EMTs continued treatment as the ailing diver was transported to a waiting Valley Med Flight helicopter at the Grand Marais harbor.  He was then transported to a hyperbaric chamber in Marquette, Michigan, where he is still undergoing treatment.  Other assisting agencies included the Alger County Sheriff’s office, Burt Township Fire Department and USCG Air Station Traverse City.

Missing kayaker found safe – http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/wakefield-kayaker-safe-after-massive-search

Father drowns during rescue attempt of son – http://www.iol.co.za/dailynews/news/father-drowns-attempting-to-rescue-son-1.1755513#.VCxTIfnIL58

Search underway for missing boater –  http://mynews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/news/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2014/9/28/missing_boater_edgew.html

Divers rescued – http://www.wptv.com/news/region-s-palm-beach-county/boynton-beach/3-divers-rescued-by-coast-guard-off-boynton-inlet

Hunter/Gatherer – 

Ozark National Scenic Riverways (MO)
Rangers Respond To Multiple Incidents

Park staff were involved in several incident responses over a three-day period last week, including a technical rescue coordinated by the park’s SAR Team (Ozark NSR Hellbenders) and a boating accident resulting in a fatality.

Early on the afternoon of September 17th, rangers were notified of the need for a possible rescue in the Blair’s Creek area for a 22-year-old man who’d fallen from a cliff. Knowing this area was extremely remote and hard to access, rangers responded with technical rescue equipment.  They attempted to gain additional information while en route to determine if this incident was inside the park, but were only able to determine that the victim was unconscious and located about “100 feet up the hill.”  Lack of a specific location and deteriorating weather conditions due to localized heavy rain indicated multiple possibilities for access and extrication of the victim.  Additional rangers with rescue boats, ATVs, and four wheel drive vehicles were dispatched to the area.

Rangers Chris Figge and Nick Money first arrived on scene and determined the incident was on private property about a quarter mile from the park’s boundary.  The injured man was unconscious and non-responsive. Local first responders and rangers were able to reach him by walking in. Due to the muddy conditions and the treacherous terrain, a decision was made to lower him to the ground (approximately 50 feet below), which could be accessed by vehicles. Responders packaged and lowered him to Reynolds County paramedics, who took over patient care. The man remains hospitalized.

At the time of the incident, a film crew from Animal Planet was on site filming for an upcoming reality TV show called “Emerald Earth” which features “Homesteaders.”  They were filming the residents in a privately owned cave.  The victim was climbing the bluff outside the cave when he fell approximately 50 feet. Figge was IC for the incident.

Just after 11 p.m. on September 20th, rangers were notified of a boating accident that had resulted in a drowning of a 74-year-old local man. An off-duty state trooper who was on scene reported that a boat had capsized after hitting a log while gigging (fishing) and that four people were in the water.

Other giggers and campers attempted to reach the scene, but access was difficult. Twenty minutes passed before they were able to rescue three of the four from the cold waters of the Current River. The fourth person was located on the bottom of the river in a deep hole at the base of a root wad.

Several attempts were made to recover the victim, but were not successful due to the depth of the water. The first arriving ranger was advised that the victim had been recovered and was being transported by boat a short distance to the Pin Oak Campground. The investigation remains open and is being conducted in cooperation with the Missouri Highway Patrol. Lindel Gregory was the incident commander.

Search continues for missing bowhunter – http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2014/09/columbia_county_authorities_co.html

Vehicles – 

Everglades National Park (FL)
Pilot Makes Emergency Landing In Shark Valley

During the morning of August 9th, the pilot of a small airplane had to make an emergency landing on the Shark Valley Tram Road due to a possible engine failure.

Three men from the ages of 25 to 30 on board. The men, each of whom had a private airline license, were practicing for their commercial license by doing several maneuvers. They were heading back to the Tamiami Airport when the plane lost power over the Everglades.

The pilot said that he had visited Shark Valley about a month earlier and remembered the paved road there. He was attempting to land on the popular West Road, but saw visitors walking and biking there so maneuvered the aircraft to the relatively unpopulated East Road. He was able to make the emergency landing by briefly touching the plane down on the road before it went off into the Everglades sawgrass.

Everglades rangers and Miami-Dade County and Miccosukee units all responded. There were no injuries.

The plane was removed without complications following a NEPA review to determine the safest method to prevent damage to the natural and cultural resources in the area.

Joshua Tree National Park (CA)
Search In Progress For Missing Woman

On Monday, September 8th, Nola Taylor, 84, left the Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree, en route to her quilting class at the Yucca Valley Community Center. She never arrived there.

Taylor’s vehicle was discovered by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department on Friday, September 12th, after her son reported her missing. The car appeared to have become disabled while turning around on a life estate private road in the park.

The sheriff’s department started an immediate search of the area using patrol personnel, aircraft, bloodhounds, and their own search and rescue teams. They did not realize at the time that this was an obscure portion of the park, but upon notification began cooperative efforts with park staff.

Rangers and volunteers from the park’s SAR team, JOSAR, are coordinating search activities with the sheriff’s department on both sides of the park boundary. Taylor has still not been located.

Dozens of vehicles stuck at event – http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58461543-78/county-tooele-mud-stuck.html.csp

Road collapses, swiftwater recue follows –  http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2014/09/28/swiftwater-team-rescues-italian-couple-from-river-after-road-collapse/

Injured ATV rider rescued – http://www.lakecountrycalendar.com/news/277463841.html