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Survival Weekly – 5/29/15…

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Christopher Jones / Rex Features ( 849154f ) RNLI Swanage lifeboat RNLI Swanage Lifeboat Crew, Swanage, Dorset, Britain - May 2008

Credit: Photo by Christopher Jones / Rex Features ( 849154f )
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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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 – 5/19/15…

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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 – 

Hot damn!! Another story with a whistle use – http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/injured-hiker-found-red-rock-canyon check out this link for my unfinished whistle project https://bigpigblog.com/2014/05/05/whistlemania-i/

And buy your kids some whistles if they play in the woods – http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/05/17/03/33/police-searching-for-northern-qld-boys

Yellowstone National Park (ID,MT,WY)

Visitor Injured In Encounter With Bison

A Taiwanese girl sustained serious but not life threatening injuries in an encounter with a bison in the Old Faithful area on Friday, May 16th.

Shortly after noon, the 16-year-old exchange student was visiting Upper Geyser Basin with her host family. While hiking near Old Faithful Geyser, the family joined a group of people watching a bison grazing adjacent to the trail. According to firsthand reports, the group was somewhere between three and six feet from the bison. The girl turned her back to the bison to have her picture taken when the bison lifted its head, took a couple steps and gored her.

When responding rangers arrived on scene, there was a group of people fewer than ten feet from the grazing bison. The rangers, with assistance from bystanders, moved the girl a safe distance from the bison. The girl was transported to the Old Faithful Clinic, treated and then flown to a hospital by helicopter ambulance for further medical treatment.

News – 

Good article on extreme circumstances –  http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/four-horrible-things-people-did-to-survive-the-wilderness/51206/

Water Safety – 

Crews recover body of missing boater http://www.ammoland.com/2015/05/search-and-rescue-crews-recover-body-of-missing-boater-in-louisiana/#axzz3abQc18js

Hiking – 

Death Valley National Park (CA)
Lost Visitor Rescued After A Week In The Desert

On Saturday, May 9th, rangers received a report that a white pickup truck had been parked for several days at Saline Valley Dunes, a remote area only accessible to 4×4 vehicles.

Rangers searched the area on Sunday but were unable to locate anyone associated with the truck. Through investigation, they determined that it had been rented by a single person and had not been returned by the rental contract’s termination date.

On Monday, the Beverly Hills Police Department checked at the man’s home and confirmed that he was overdue and a search was begun. Rangers were joined by Inyo County SAR, China Lake Mountain Rescue, and California Highway Patrol’s helicopter H80.

On Tuesday morning, H80 was re-tasked to another SAR which was occurring simultaneously at Mesquite Sand Dunes. Once H80 cleared Mesquite Sand Dunes, the crew returned to assist in the Saline Valley search efforts. San Bernadino, Tehachapi, California Rescue Dog Association, and Kern Valley SAR groups also joined the search. Around 10 a.m., H80 located the missing man, who was roughly five miles from his vehicle and to the east of the dune complex.

The man reportedly set out alone for a day hike on the morning of Tuesday, May 5th, and became disoriented. Unable to find his way back to his vehicle, he followed a group of burros to a watering hole where he subsisted until rescue arrived. The man was transported to Northern Inyo Hospital where he is being treated for second degree sunburn and a rhabdomyolysis.

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

Hunter-gatherer – 

Bear hunter rescued – http://www.adn.com/article/20150515/bear-hunter-rescued-thunder-mountain-juneau

Fisherman treads water for five hours before being rescued – http://www.wesh.com/news/missing-boater-found-safe-22-miles-off-florida-coastline/33077818

Capsized kayak fishermen rescued – https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/05/14/couple-helps-rescue-capsized-kayaker-scituate/Iyc4R1OEFj2stk3EAY45XN/story.html

Fishermen rescued – http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/578229/Isles-of-Scilly-rescue-Five-fisherman-airlifted-life-raft-boat-sank image

Climbing – 

Grand Teton National Park (WY)
One Killed In Avalanche, Four Rescued

A team of rangers, emergency medical personnel, Teton County SAR team members and a contract helicopter quickly swung into action Sunday morning to rescue four backcountry ski mountaineers who were involved in an avalanche on the northeast face of Mount Moran.

Luke Lynch, 38, was killed in the avalanche and one of his companions, Stephen P. Adamson, Jr.,  42, sustained life-threatening injuries, prompting evacuation by helicopter. Two other companions – Brook Yeomans, 37, who suffered minor injuries, and Zahan Billimoria , 37, who escaped injury – were also evacuated via helicopter as continuing avalanche activity and a steady cycle of snow squalls across the Tetons made the multi-staged rescue operation more challenging.

Teton Interagency Dispatch Center received a 911 transfer call from Teton County at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday and quickly contacted park rangers, who immediately began a coordinated rescue operation. Because of the remote location on Mount Moran and the report of multiple injured persons, rangers quickly staged at and responded from the Jenny Lake Rescue Cache, located at Lupine Meadows near the base of Teewinot Mountain. Rangers also summoned the Teton County SAR contract helicopter.

The four ski mountaineers were ascending the steep Sickle Couloir on Mount Moran when a shallow wet slough avalanche released from above. The snow slide swept three of the mountaineers downslope for approximately 500 feet over rock and ice covered terrain. Billimoria was able to move out of the heavier portion of the debris flow and was not caught in the slide. He quickly descended to his teammates, called 911, and began the difficult task of administering aid to his three companions.

Light snowfall on the slopes above continued to cause additional sloughs that repeatedly hit the group, requiring Billimoria to work desperately to move Adamson and Lynch to a safer location. Although injured, Yeomans was able to descend slowly downslope under his own power.

After a slight lull in the recurring snowstorms over the Teton peaks, the Teton County SAR helicopter was able to deliver several rescuers to the base of the couloir. A Teton County SAR member was short-hauled to the scene to aid in the evacuation of Adamson, who receiving emergency medical care by park rangers on site and getting package for airlift off the mountain.

Adamson and the Teton County SAR member were both short-hauled directly to the Jenny Lake Rescue Cache where a team of medics and the park’s medical director, Dr. Will Smith, provided additional emergency care before Adamson was transported by park ambulance to the Jackson Hole Airport. Upon reaching the airport, Adamson was transferred to a fixed wing air ambulance that flew him to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

The Teton County SAR helicopter subsequently returned to pick up the two other avalanche survivors and transport them out of the backcountry. Additional flights were made to bring out Lynch’s body, as well as the remaining park rangers and their rescue gear. All rescue personnel were safely out of the mountains by 3 p.m.

Redwood National and State Parks (CA)
Woman Rescued From Ocean Cliff Face

On the morning of May 13th, rangers received a report of a woman stuck on a cliff face near the Damnation Creek Trail. Rangers responded to the woman’s location and found that she was approximately 150 feet up a 250-foot cliff above the Pacific Ocean. The woman had climbed the cliff face to escape being trapped by the rising tide.

It was determined that a technical rescue would result in a high level of risk to involved personnel, so the United States Coast Guard was contacted and performed a hoist operation, removing the woman from her perch.

The National Park Service managed the incident with assistance from California State Parks, Del Norte County Search and Rescue, CAL FIRE, and the USCG.

Click on the following link to see a YouTube video of the rescue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44EgoeXXKsc

Denali National Park & Preserve (AK)
Body Of Argentine Climber Found On Mount McKinley

The body of an Argentinian solo climber was discovered at the 17,200-foot high camp of Mount McKinley just before midnight on Sunday, May 10th. Heraldo Javier Callupan, 39, of General Roca, Argentina, appears to have died of unknown medical issues.

Callupan began his ascent of the West Buttress route on May 1st. According to other climbing parties at the 14,200-foot camp, he headed up to the 17,200-foot high camp on May 6th.  No other parties were camped at 17,200 feet between May 6th and May 10th, the date when the climber’s remains were found by a two-person team upon their arrival at high camp. Callupan was found lying in the snow in the middle of the camp plateau with no visible signs of trauma.

That night, the reporting team used FRS radio to report the event to pararescuemen from the Alaska Air National Guard’s 212th Rescue Squadron who were camped at 14,200 feet. The pararescuemen then relayed the discovery to NPS mountaineering rangers in Talkeetna via satellite phone.

Due to delays in direct communication with the original reporting team, and with no NPS ranger staff positioned at the 17,200-foot high camp this early in the season, it took several days to make a positive determination of the man’s identity. NPS staff worked with the Argentine consulate to notify Callupan’s next of kin on Wednesday, May 13th.

Callupan’s remains will be recovered from the 17,200-foot camp when NPS mountaineering rangers are safely acclimatized for the recovery effort and when weather conditions allow.  The remains will then be transferred to the State of Alaska medical examiner.

Denali National Park & Preserve (AK)
Two Climbers Rescued From Mount Dickey

Two climbers from Idaho were rescued from 7,500 feet on Mount Dickey after triggering a slab avalanche the evening of Monday, May 12th.

Luckily, Saxon Spellman, 27, and Michael Wachs, 24, were not caught in the slide and were not injured. The two men attempted to self-evacuate from the mountain, but found no safe exit routes. The stranded climbers were observed by an air taxi pilot waving their arms above an ‘SOS’ stomped out in the snow on the west shoulder of Mount Dickey.

Once NPS ranger staff was notified of the distress call, Denali’s high altitude A-Star B3e helicopter and two mountaineering rangers flew to Ruth Gorge.  Rangers made a positive identification of the two climbers, who had just activated their SPOT device.  Pilot Andy Hermansky was able to land the helicopter on a flat section of the peak and evacuated Spellman and Wachs without further incident.

Mount Dickey is a 9,545-foot technical peak located in Denali National Park and Preserve’s Ruth Gorge area. No other climbers besides Spellman and Wachs were observed climbing Mount Dickey that day.

Following several new feet of snow coupled with windy conditions in the Alaska Range, NPS rangers have observed widespread avalanche activity in the Ruth and Kahiltna Glacier areas.  Following the one near miss on Mount Dickey which took place several days after the storm, the avalanche conditions appear to be lingering.  The conditions are widespread, occurring on many aspects of the peaks and spanning a broad range of elevations.

Climbers have been advised to exercise caution due to the persistent nature of the avalanche hazard.  For ongoing condition reports, climbers are directed to http://www.nps.gov/dena/mountainblog.htm.

Overdue climbers rescued – http://globalnews.ca/news/2003589/search-and-rescue-crews-kept-busy-over-the-long-weekend/

Vehicles – 

Injured mountain biker rescued – http://infotel.ca/newsitem/skaha-bluffs-claims-another-victim-sar-to-the-rescue/it19491 image

Missing Marine SAR helicopter found – http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/16/world/asia/missing-us-marine-helicopter-is-found-in-nepal-official-says.html?_r=0

Missing mountain biker SAR – http://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/2015/05/17/larimer-county-rescue/27505335/

Injured dirtbiker rescued – http://fox13now.com/2015/05/16/weather-complicates-rescue-of-injured-motorcyclist-in-bountiful-area/

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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