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Fall Foraging & Survival 101 Dates Announced…

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Old Man Winter called me today and said it’s time to get the schedule out..

Survival 101:

http://www.bigpigoutdoors.net/survival-101-1.html

Fall foraging class will be Saturday, September 24th:

http://www.bigpigoutdoors.net/poisonous–edible–medicinal—-useful-plants.html

 

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Survival Weekly – 1/12/16…

 

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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 i+n 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 – 

Woman lost for 5 days, rescued – http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-13/woman-used-bush-craft-to-survive-5-days-lost-in-wilderness/7085780

Dog and visual tracking team rescue hunter – image above – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11570510

First hand account of getting lost and rescued – http://www.12news.com/story/news/local/arizona/2016/01/11/exclusive-hiker-describes-being-lost-superstitions/78657372/

News – 

Busiest year for mountain SAR team – http://www.cumbriacrack.com/2016/01/05/2015-busiest-year-to-date-for-kendal-mountain-search-and-rescue-team/

Frosted Flier – http://www.bonnyvillenouvelle.ca/article/4-Wing-personnel-participate-in-cold-weather-survival-exercise-Frosted-Flier-20160112

Winter Safety – 

Ice fatality – http://www.oliverchronicle.com/oliverosoyoos-search-and-rescue-called-to-help/

Skier rescued – http://www.nelsonstar.com/news/364129261.html

Winter rescue – http://ktla.com/2016/01/10/woman-51-hospitalized-after-being-found-by-search-and-rescue-team-in-snow-covered-area-near-wrightwood/

Water Safety –

Coast Guard rescuer gets rescued – http://www.wect.com/story/30923613/coast-guard-member-loses-consciousness-during-search-and-rescue-mission

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Hiking – 

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

Hunter-gatherer – 

Duck hunter rescued – http://www.localmemphis.com/news/local-news/man-rescued-dog-missing-after-boat-capsizes

Climbing – 

Vehicles – 

 Stranded couple rescued – http://www.pqbnews.com/news/364255131.html

Boaters rescued – http://www.islandpacket.com/news/local/community/beaufort-news/article54118225.html

Interested in learning skills to handle emergencies like the ones you read in Survival Weekly?  Check out BigPig Outdoors Survival  classes  – http://www.bigpigoutdoors.net/survival-101-1.htm

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BoBerry BUSAR Manventure…

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“What’s a BoBerry biscuit?” I naively asked Alex

“You’ve never had BoBerry biscuit!!” he replied indignantly.

It was 5 am, and I was about to learn all about the BoBerry..

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Alex and I go way back. We guided and paddled together on the Ocoee together in the late 90’s, but then life took us down different paths until the love of adventure, challenge, and desire to help people brought us back together under the BUSAR banner.

For December’s BUSAR field training day, Alex, a.k.a Goat, was tasked to be the team leader. In an effort to build solid leadership skills throughout the team, each month’s training is lead by a different member, much like our weekly workouts.

The Goat’s plan was to knock out some manways that are popular places for off-trail searches. The Porter’s creek drainage is equally notorious for it’s manways among hikers, and it’s searches in the Ranger ranks. In fact the last time I was there, Chuckzilla and I  were searching for Morgan Briggs, after he missed the manway coming out of Campsite 31 and spent a couple days up on Porters Mountain. It is beautiful, steep, and challenging country.  http://www.smokymountainnews.com/archives/item/1725-hiker-airlifted-from-remote-region-of-smokies

Fast forward to this past summer, and an icon in the manway world went missing in the same area. A legend among hikers, Jenny Bennett’s body, was unfortunately found in the same drainage. Her blog, not only shows her love and passion for the Smokies, but also showed us the route for Alex’s trip. https://streamsandforests.wordpress.com/tag/lester-prong/

With one teammate in Blackhawk school, one working the ER, one laid up with stress fractures, and another just returning from a canyoneering trip out west, it was left to the three best looking, bearded guys on the team.

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Jenny’s blog does a great description of the route, so I won’t bore you with my version, Instead, I will just throw up a bunch of pics.

 

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You put a waterfall in front of these guys and they will climb it, in fact when got carried away climbing a short series of cascades, we lost track of our elevation to turn up. Instead of backtracking, we shot straight up and had to do a sketchy traverse to get back to our intended route. Nolan, our most experienced climber, lead the way. Fun times.

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Once on the knife ridge, the fun continued..

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This arrow showed our destination for lunch, the Pyramid..

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And this one shows our approximate starting point..

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With this being our fourth monthly training, things are starting to roll pretty smooth from the training standpoint. Each hour, we rotate, so everyone gets a chance to navigate, while those in the rear work on their tracking skills following the leaders.

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Once we topped out on the “Real Bunion”, we dropped right back down Dry sluice manway.

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GPS stated it was a total of 13 miles, 7 off-trail, that took us 9 hours. All the lunges and other brutality of our weekly workouts paid off, as we all felt strong throughout the day. And while we carried along Commando ropes in hope of finding a testing ground, we didn’t really find anything that justified their use.

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Obviously trips like this have risks, but mitigating them doesn’t take a lot of effort. All the guys on this trip have years of experience, including climbing. We were dressed for the weather, had overnight gear if we got caught out, good first aid kits, and medical training. We filled out a trip plan, leaving it with Alex’s girlfriend, texting it to my wife, and  emailing it to a ranger buddy that has the most time in that area. Downloadable here:  http://www.bigpigoutdoors.net/bpo-trip-plan.html

All that, and we had a satellite messenger, SPOT, along for the ride.

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Adventures are fun. They make life enjoyable, but they also carry risk. It only takes a little training, some gear, and leaving a trip plan to stack the odds in your favor so that you can share your very first BoBerry biscuit on top of the Pyramid with old friend..

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BUSAR is actively recruiting experienced, outdoor athletes to conquer the world..

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Survival Weekly – 7/30/15…

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image: http://www.wbir.com/story/news/2015/07/28/smokies-search-rescue-satellite-technology/30807611/

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 – 

Pilot stranded on ice floe – http://www.lfpress.com/2015/07/27/missing-helicopter-pilot-found-alive-and-well-on-ice-floe-military

Hiker with HAPE rescued – http://www.skyhidailynews.com/news/17480079-113/grand-county-search-and-rescue-saves-man-at

Search for missing teen boaters – http://www.mynews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/news/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2015/7/29/boat_of_missing_teen.html

Missing outdoor educator – http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Search-Crews-From-Three-Counties-Look-For-Missing-San-Francisco-Teacher-in-Eldorado-National-Forest-318535411.html

News – 

Sattelite messengers in Smokies – http://www.wbir.com/story/news/2015/07/28/smokies-search-rescue-satellite-technology/30807611/

Drone used in SAR – http://www.kcci.com/news/first-drone-searchandrescue-mission-for-missing-teacher/34441190

Inside Coast Guard rescues – http://counton2.com/2015/07/28/a-closer-look-at-coast-guard-search-and-rescue/

Water Safety – 

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (AZ,UT)
Child’s Life Saved Through Prompt EMS Response

On the morning of July 25th, park dispatch received a report of a three year-old found face down in approximately seven feet of water at the rear of a houseboat in Halls Creek Bay. The reporting party said that the child might have been in the water from five to ten minutes and was not breathing or conscious. The three-year-old was not wearing a life jacket on the houseboat when the incident occurred.

Responding rangers were on scene within 20 minutes and found that CPR was already in progress. Rangers took over patient care and transported the child to Bullfrog Marina to meet a park medic to receive advanced life support care. After initial ALS care, the child started to improve. The three-year-old was flown by Classic Lifeguard to a hospital and has since been released.

The extended CPR (over 45 minutes), breathing therapy, and advanced life support measures that were performed by park rangers along with Classic Lifeguard personnel saved the child’s life.

NPS responders included Jesse Benskin, Karol Jones, Noel Rupel, Sean McCaffrey, Valerie Reynolds and Zach Nelson.
Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River (NY,PA)
Man Rescued From Near Drowning

A 55-year-old man from Allentown, Pennsylvania, nearly drowned when his canoe capsized in Butler’s Rift on the afternoon of July 20th.

Two men were on a river cleanup when they saw a canoe capsize in Butler’s Rift.  They quickly paddled over in a canoe to assist the man and his son.  The man went unconscious and was under water.  The two men helped pull the body out of the water and onto the New York shoreline.  Additional family members and the two men on river cleanup performed CPR on the man for approximately five to eight minutes.

The man regained consciousness and was transported down river in a raft.  The Sparrowbush Fire Department’s boat met the raft by Cherry Island and transported the man to the awaiting Port Jervis ambulance.  He was not wearing a life jacket.

Buffalo National River – AR
Two Drown In Separate Incidents In Park

On the afternoon of July 12, 2015 Buffalo National River was contacted by Newton County 911 concerning a possible drowning at the confluence of Well’s Creek and Buffalo River. Rescue and medical personnel were dispatch to the area where they located the victim, Gary McClung III age 23. Mr. McClung and his wife had been swimming in the area when he decided to jump from a 15 foot bluff into the river. Mr. McClung’s wife heard her husband enter the water but did not see him jump as she was traversing the trail from the bluff to the gravel bar. She lost sight of Mr. McClung for a very short period of time but when she saw him again he was floating downstream face down.
She was able to wade into the water and pull him to shore where she began doing CPR. Very soon after she had begun, floaters rounded the bend, recognized the distress and quickly came to her aid. CPR was continued for some time but was unsuccessful and Mr. McClung was later pronounced dead at the scene. First on scene was Air Evac helicopter which was able to land on the gravel bar. At this time CPR had been suspended after approximately 30 minutes of continuous cycles which were unsuccessful.

Gary McClung III was a member of the Western Grove Volunteer Fire Department and leaves behind a wife and baby.

Personnel from Buffalo National River Search and Rescue team, Newton County Sheriff’s Office, Hasty Volunteer Fire Department, Tri-County Search and Rescue, North Arkansas Regional Medical Center EMS, Air Evac Lifeteam, Newton County Coroner’s Office and the Boone County Coroner’s Office assisted.

On the afternoon of July 20, 2015, Searcy County Sheriff’s Office contacted the park concerning a possible drowning of a five year old boy at Tyler Bend. Witnesses reported the child had on an inflatable float ring and was wading in a shallow portion of the river when he went under. The boy’s older brother alerted his father to the missing boy, who had stepped into a deep hole and slipped out of the float ring. The father was able to locate his son and bring him to shore.

Park Guide Terry Traywick, who is trained in CPR and is a CPR instructor, and Interpretive Ranger Joyce Umbach, responded to the location and found park visitors administering CPR. Terry immediately began assisting with the CPR and coaching the visitors. Off duty Emergency Dispatcher Joe Jones and his spouse were floating the river and came upon the scene and immediately began assisting with CPR. Resuscitation efforts were continued by park personnel until the NorthArk Ambulance arrived. All attempts to revive the boy failed.

Personnel from the Searcy County Sheriff’s Office, Park personnel, to include a campground volunteer, park visitors and NorthArk Ambulance Service assisted.

Missouri National Recreational River (SD)
One Dead, Two Seriously Injured Following Fall From Cliff

A Nebraska woman drowned in the Missouri River near Running Water, South Dakota, after falling off a cliff on July 18th. Two others were hospitalized in serious condition after attempting to rescue her.

Responding agencies to the accident included the Bon Homme County Sheriff’s Office, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, the Santee Sioux Tribal Police, Yankton Search and Rescue, South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks, and Springfield police and emergency crews.

The Bon Homme sheriff reported that a group of four accessed a cliff area adjacent to a popular scenic lookout near the Chief Standing Bear Bridge approximately 60 feet above the Missouri River, and that alcohol was a factor in the accident.  No foul play is suspected.

The accident occurred just before the beginning of the annual Blue Moon Resort poker run, where NPS rangers were conducting a joint saturation patrol with South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks, and Nebraska Game and Parks officers, focusing on boating safety and BUI detection.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area – NV, AZ
Rangers Save Couple On Lake Mohave

A husband and wife in their 70s were out on a small bass fishing boat all day on July 8th and returning from the Cottonwood area in the evening when the husband, who was operating the boat, began having difficulty seeing in the fading light. He decided to try to put ashore for the night at Chili Pepper Cove on Lake Mohave.

When he got out of the boat, he inadvertently knocked it away and out of his reach. His wife tried to throw him a line without success. The wind, blowing at 15 to 25 knots all day, immediately took her away from her spouse, who attempted to swim back to the boat.  The wife threw him a PFD, which she said hit the water, though she was unsure if her husband was able to retrieve it.

The wife was located a couple of hours later about two miles northwest of where she last saw her husband.  Nearly inconsolable, she was not wearing a PFD and the only PFD on board was of questionable service.

A search was started for the husband with the wife aboard the ranger boat in the area she seemed to recognize.  The husband was found on the shore in the cove, yelling for assistance. He was wet, cold and stated that he was planning on making a shelter for the night and waiting until the morning to flag down help. The PFD that was thrown to him by his wife was in the same poor condition as the one found aboard their boat. At the request of rangers the couple voluntarily surrendered their old PFD’s for new ones supplied through the “Ready, Set, Wear It” program.

Once back at the dock, the husband declined further medical assessment, while his wife was overcome by the emotions of the event and nearly fainted. He said that he had Type IV PFDs (throwable), flares, and a marine band radio on board, none of which were known to the wife. Nor did she know how to use them.

Rangers suggest that a safety briefing is given to all occupants of a vessel by the operator prior to departing on the water. This briefing should include how to locate and use all safety equipment aboard the boat. Rangers also remind visitors not to jump from moving vessels or in windy conditions that will not permit them to stay with their boat, and to wear their lifejackets while on the water.

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (PA)
Cliff Jumper Seriously Injured At Adams Creek

Rangers and local emergency personnel responded to a report of a seriously injured person at the main waterfall on Adams Creek around 5 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.  This was the fifth time since April that rangers have responded to rescue calls at Adams Creek.

A 27-year-old man from Milford, Pennsylvania, sustained serious injuries after jumping from a 45-foot cliff into the pool at the base of the falls.  Rangers were on patrol on the trail to the falls when the call came in through the NPS communications center and were able to get to the man quickly and begin treatment.

The rugged, mile-and-a-half long trail includes four creek crossings and one area where the injured man had to be raised and lowered over steep cliffs.  It took park rangers and rescue personnel from Delaware Township Ambulance Corp three hours to carry him from the falls to the road, where an ambulance awaited. He was then transported by Delaware Township Ambulance Corp to a landing zone in Dingmans Ferry and flown to Morristown Hospital.

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (PA)
Man Drowns In Delaware River

Jason Daniel Moser, 41, of Myerstown, Pennsylvania, drowned while attempting to swim across the Delaware River on the afternoon of July 18th.

Members of the park’s dive team recovered Moser’s body in ten feet of water later in the day near an area known as Shad Rocks, located between Bushkill Access and Smithfield Beach. He was not wearing a life jacket.

Multiple rescues – http://clareherald.com/2015/07/busy-sunday-for-search-and-rescue-crews-92430/

Body recoveries – http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/29635512/1-man-confirmed-dead-after-halona-blowhole-rescue-search

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Hiking – 

Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
Searchers Find Two Missing Hikers

A search for two missing women came to a successful conclusion last Thursday morning when searchers found them off trail above Hague Creek and below Mummy Pass in the northwest portion of the park.

On Tuesday, July 21st, a group of five family members and friends hiked to Mirror Lake. While they were hiking back, Christine Everett, 51, and Danielle Hohly, 26, became separated from the group.  They were last seen at 2:30 p.m.  just below Mirror Lake, which is approximately six miles from the Corral Creek Trailhead.

When the women failed to appear at the trailhead, one of the members of the party went back up the trail and searched for them until dark. At roughly 8:15 p.m. they called for assistance.  This is in a remote area with no cell service and limited radio communication.  The call went to Larimer County Search and Rescue, whose members responded to the area later that night. They searched the general area and determined that the point last seen was inside Rocky Mountain National Park, so contacted rangers on Wednesday morning. A joint search was begun.

When the women were found, they were cold and hungry but in good condition. The two women were flown by helicopter to the east side of the park, where they were reunited with family members.

Yellowstone National Park (ID,MT,WY)
Search Underway For Missing Swimmer

A search is underway for Feiyang “Isaac” Xiang, a 21-year old man from China. Xiang is a seasonal concessioner employee in the park and was backpacking with four friends last Thursday when he disappeared while swimming in the Yellowstone River near its confluence with Hellroaring Creek in the northern section of the park.

Xiang was in the water with two of his companions around 11:45 am when he was pulled away from the shore by the current of the swiftly flowing river.  Xiang was struggling to stay afloat as unsuccessful efforts were made to pull him back to shore. He was swept downriver into a long stretch of rapids before he disappeared from view. A member of the party placed a 911 call to park dispatch at 12:39 pm.

Rangers immediately began responding on horseback and on foot. Responders reached the river and met with the reporting party at 2:44 pm. Initial search efforts Thursday afternoon did not turn up any sign of Xiang, who is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, 140 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Search efforts were increased on Friday; a helicopter, two dog teams, and 20 Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park employees actively searched for him in the Yellowstone River corridor.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Feiyang “Isaac” Xiang is asked to call Yellowstone National Park at 307-344-2643.

Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
Two Injured Hikers Rescued In Separate Incidents

On the evening of July 19th, park rangers were notified via cell phone that a 13-year-old girl from Estes Park had suffered a leg injury roughly a half mile northwest of The Pool in rugged Forest Canyon.

Park search and rescue team members reached her and her father between 1:30 and 2:00 a.m. the following morning.  It was difficult to find the girl in the steep, rugged, off trail terrain.  The area had also been impacted by the Fern Lake Fire, which posed additional challenges for rescuers traversing the area after dark.

A technical raise was used to bring the girl roughly 150 to 200 feet up and over a rock cliff to a flat bench area where a landing zone had been constructed. She was flown from the area to the Upper Beaver Meadows helispot at 4:30 p.m., then taken by ambulance to Estes Park Medical Center.

Park search and rescue team members were assisted by the Northern Colorado Interagency Helitack Crew.  Over 30 park personnel were involved in this incident, as well as one member of the Alpine Rescue Group.

As park rescue personnel were finishing the Forest Canyon rescue, they were notified by cell phone of a 43-year-old woman with a leg injury near Emerald Lake. Park search and rescue personnel reached her at 7:45 p.m. A team carried her out on a wheeled litter.

United States Park Police
Seriously Injured Teen Medevaced By Eagle One

On the evening of July 16th, Montgomery County Fire contacted Park Police Aviation and asked for a medevac of an injured 19-year-old man from a spot along the Potomac River. EMS personnel had categorized him as a Category A due to a possible spine injury incurred in a ten-foot fall.

Eagle One Pilot Ryan Evasick was able to lift off and land at the expedient landing zone, a gravel bar in the river, prior to the arrival of a rescue boat. The injured man was quickly loaded onto the helicopter and flown to Suburban Hospital for care.

Badlands National Park (SD)
Search For Missing Nebraska Man Yields Few Clues

Rangers received a report on Thursday, July 16th of a missing person who was believed to be hiking in Badlands National Park.  Joshua Jacobsen, a 39-year-old man from Laurel, Nebraska had texted a photo of Badlands to his ex-wife four days earlier. This was the last communication the family received.

On Friday rangers discovered Jacobsen’s 2008 silver Dodge pickup parked at Sage Creek Campground. An interagency SAR operation was initiated to search areas of the 64,000 acre Sage Creek Wilderness using a South Dakota National Guard helicopter, dogs, horses, and roughly 40 search personnel. The operation was scaled back on Sunday, July 19th, after extensive searching resulted in no contact with Jacobsen or any physical evidence associated with him. Rangers continue investigations, working in cooperation with the Pennington County Sheriff’s Department.

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

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Hunter-gatherer – 

Yellowstone National Park (ID,MT,WY)
Woman Injured In Encounter With Bison

A 43-year-old woman from Mississippi received minor injuries Tuesday when she turned her back on a bison to get a photo with it near the Fairy Falls trailhead. She was the fifth person injured after approaching bison this season.

The woman and her daughter were by the trailhead sign when they decided to take a picture with a bison that was approximately six yards away from them near the trail. When they turned their backs to the bison to take the picture, someone warned that they were too close. They heard the bison’s footsteps moving toward them and started to run, but the bison caught the mother on the right side, lifted her up and tossed her with its head. The woman’s father covered her with his body to protect her and the bison moved about three yards away. The family drove to the Old Faithful Clinic, where the woman was treated and released with minor injuries.

“The family said they read the warnings in both the park literature and the signage, but saw other people close to the bison, so they thought it would be OK,” said Old Faithful District Ranger Colleen Rawlings. “People need to recognize that Yellowstone wildlife is wild, even though they seem docile. This woman was lucky that her injuries were not more severe.”

The park has again reminded visitors that wildlife should not be approached, regardless of how tame or calm they appear. When an animal is near a trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, visitors must give it a wide berth and not approach it closer than the required minimum distances – 25 yards away from all large animals (bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes) and at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves.

Bison can run three times faster than humans can sprint and are unpredictable and dangerous. Visitors are advised to give the animals enough space and alter their plans to avoid interacting with an animal in close proximity.

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Image: http://clareherald.com/2015/07/busy-sunday-for-search-and-rescue-crews-92430/

Climbing – 

Grand Teton National Park (WY)
Two Climbers Injured In Sliding Fall On Middle Teton

On Saturday, July 25th, two climbers fell and slid on a patch of snow while descending from the Dike Pinnacle on the south face of the Middle Teton. The climbers, Jordan Lister and Carrie Schwartz, both 25 and residents of Jackson, Wyoming, slid approximately 200 feet on snow and rocky terrain before coming to a stop on a grassy ledge. Lister sustained serious injuries requiring an evacuation by helicopter while Schwartz sustained minor injuries.

Teton Interagency Dispatch Center received a call for assistance at 5:22 p.m. from Schwartz. Park rangers quickly responded from the Jenny Lake Rescue Cache at Lupine Meadows. They were joined by the Teton Interagency contract helicopter, which had been assisting with an extensive search for a missing person near Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park.

The helicopter was able to land relatively near to the grassy ledge and insert three park rangers, who made a short climb to reach the injured climbers. Rangers provided medical care while preparations were made for an expeditious short-haul evacuation of Lister.

Lister and an attending park ranger were short-hauled from the grassy ledge directly to the rescue cache on the valley floor just before sunset. There, Lister was transferred to a waiting park ambulance and transported to St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming. The helicopter then returned to the site of the accident and short-hauled Schwartz and the two remaining rangers to the rescue cache. The rescue mission was completed shortly after 9:00 p.m., just before darkness would have made further operations impossible.

The fall occurred while the two climbers were descending on snow about 400 feet below the summit of the Dike Pinnacle. This type of fall—one that occurs while descending on snow—is a very common cause of mountaineering-related injuries in Grand Teton National Park. Rangers encourage climbers to pay special attention while descending on snow, and to wear helmets whenever moving about in the vertical terrain of the Teton Range where rockfalls, or a slip and fall in rock-strewn areas, can pose a danger.

This rescue was the second helicopter-assisted rescue mission of the day in the park. Rangers also flew a climber who had become ill from the Lower Saddle of the Grand Teton around 7:30 on Saturday morning.

After completing this rescue, the Teton Interagency contract helicopter flew to Yellowstone to assist with the continuing search efforts for the missing person.

Grand Teton National Park (WY)
Climber Injured By Dislodged Boulder

On Tuesday, July 21st, a large boulder dislodged and rolled over the arm of a hiker/climber, causing severe injury to his limb and prompting a helicopter-assisted rescue by Grand Teton National Park rangers.

Tucker Zibilich, 26, of Jackson, Wyoming and his partner were on their descent after making a day trek to the Upper Saddle of the Grand Teton when he was injured by the boulder.

Teton Interagency Dispatch Center received an emergency call for help at 12:40 p.m. from Zibilich’s partner and several other climbers, and park rangers immediately initiated a rescue operation. A backcountry ranger and a retired Jenny Lake Subdistrict ranger happened to be approaching the base of the headwall, just below the Lower Saddle of the Grand Teton, when the call came in. They promptly advanced to the Lower Saddle, picked up essential gear at the park’s backcountry rescue cache, and ascended another 1,200+ feet to the accident site. They reached Zibilich at 2:15 p.m., assessed his condition, and provided emergency medical care until additional park rangers could arrive.

Due to nature of Zibilich’s injury and concern about attempting to hike him downslope over steep and rocky terrain to reach the Grand Teton’s broad and somewhat flat Lower Saddle for an aerial evacuation, a decision was made to use the Teton Interagency contract helicopter to instead short-haul Zibilich directly from his high elevation site on the Grand Teton to the Jenny Lake Rescue Cache on the valley floor.

To prepare Zibilich for the short-haul flight, one additional park ranger was flown to the Lower Saddle. Carrying additional emergency medical gear and a short-haul evacuation suit, the ranger hiked upslope to reach the accident site—a distance of nearly one mile and 1,200 vertical feet of steep terrain.

After he was placed into the evacuation suit and tethered to a short-haul line attached to the belly of the helicopter, Zibilich was flown suspended below the ship—and in tandem with an attending ranger—directly to the Jenny Lake Rescue Cache at Lupine Meadows. He was then transferred to a waiting park ambulance and transported to St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson.

It appears that Zibilich stepped on and dislodged several small boulders during his descent, which in turn loosened a large boulder and allowed it to roll over his arm. Because they were pursuing just a day hike to the Upper Saddle and not attempting a technical climb, Zibilich and his partner did not have climbing ropes or harnesses with them. They did have helmets at the time of the incident.

Canyoneer rescued – https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2015/07/29/ccj-water-canyon-rescue/#.Vbrckfm6fIU

Mountain rescue – http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20150721/NEWS01/150729859

Vehicles – 

 Lake Mead National Recreation Area – NV, AZ
Man Struck And Killed By Boat Propeller

On the afternoon of July 25th, park dispatch received a call reporting that a visitor had been cut by a boat propeller near Cactus Cove.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife and Arizona Game and Fish were first on scene and pronounced the man dead upon arrival.

According to witnesses, the boat’s operator accidentally put the boat in reverse and ran over the victim. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department dive team was called in to assist with the recovery.

The National Park Service and Nevada Department of Wildlife are investigating the incident.

Katmai National Park & Preserve (AK)
Four Rescued From Overturned Plane At Brooks Camp

A Piper PA-22 Pacer on floats with a pilot and three passengers on board made a landing on Naknek Lake in three- to four-foot swells just after noon on July 5th. Although the landing was rough, the pilot was able to settle the plane on the water in a stable condition.  He was attempting to sail the airplane to the beach when the plane turned sideways and the wind picked up the right wing, burying the left wing in the water where it remained.

The pilot instructed his passengers to don lifejackets, which they all managed to get on prior to the airplane rolling inverted in the water.  All four occupants exited the aircraft underwater and climbed up on the floats.

The accident was witnessed by Chief of Resources Troy Hamon, who, along with Naknek District Ranger Dave Woodcock, had just launched the park’s Palyak landing craft to undertake a search for three overdue hikers. They immediately responded to the overturned aircraft. Hamon was able to successfully maneuver the boat in high winds and waves to a point where Woodcock was able to assist the passengers into the boat. This took three or four approaches to get everyone safely into the Palayak. Hamon then offloaded the passengers on the beach, where they were escorted to the Brooks Lodge and a roaring fire.

The lodge manager and employees provided the soggy aviators with dry clothes and hot drinks.  All four were uninjured and only slightly cold with no sign of hypothermia.

After dropping off the people, Hamon and Woodcock returned to the sunken airplane and managed to stop the movement of the plane toward the beach by attaching an anchor to one of the floats. The aircraft was refloated and retrieved by the insurance company five days later.  Because of Hamon’s foresight in anchoring the airplane in deep water, the aircraft remained intact and was successfully righted and flown away.

The search for the overdue hikers resumed later that afternoon, but rough conditions forced the search boat to return to base. The park aircraft was flown during a lull in the winds and located the three hikers, all of whom were in good condition.  Pilot Allen Gilliland landed his wheeled Cessna C-185 approximately a half mile away and was able to retrieve all three hikers in two flights.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area – NV, AZ
Man Rescued After Driving Truck Off Cliff Into Lake Mohave

A man driving a Ford Ranger pickup intentionally drove through a guard rail and went over a cliff and into Lake Mohave immediately east of the Davis Dam Bridge early on the morning of July 7th. Bullhead City Police Department officers responded and requested assistance from rangers.  They reported that the man swam into the dam holding basin and was refusing to come to shore.

With the assistance of Bureau of Reclamation security and staff, rangers and Bullhead City police officers were able to access the holding basin, which is barricaded off from vessels.

The man was using a piece of foam to hold himself above water but refused to go to shore. He was brought onto the ranger vessel without incident approximately one hour after he entered the water. He was transported by vessel and was treated for hypothermia and transported to Western Arizona Regional Medical Center.

Bullhead City Police Department and Lake Mead National Recreation Area are investigating the incident.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area — NV, AZ
Woman Seriously Injured In Boating Accident

A woman sustained life-threatening injuries in a boating accident near Callville Bay on Lake Mead on the morning of July 15th.

Witnesses said two boats were pulling into a wakeless area near Sandy Beach when one boat hit the other from behind. The boat that was hit was carrying three occupants. A woman sustained life-threatening injuries and was flown by Mercy Air to a hospital; a man was treated for minor injuries. The other occupant of the boat and the operator of the second boat were not hurt.

The incident is under investigation.

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Survival Weekly – 7/13/15…

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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 – 

BigPig Outdoors Survivor Award goes to this champ!! Giving birth in the wilderness while surviving – http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/woman-lost-northern-california-forest-gives-birth-starts-wildfire-n384851

News – 

Go Smokies!!  – http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2015/07/07/smokies-among-busiest-national-parks-rescues/29815445/

Drone used in river rescue – http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/2/8882595/drone-rescue-life-jacket-stranded

Good article on smartphones and GPS apps – http://blog.hyperlitemountaingear.com/the-best-gps-device-you-already-own-it/?utm_source=Hyperlite+Mountain+Gear+Newsletter&utm_campaign=98061f1dd7-2015_Thru_Hike_2_6_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_34926e808c-98061f1dd7-322889641&ct=t%28Stripped_Down_44_11_2015%29&mc_cid=98061f1dd7&mc_eid=f6f597014f#more-3304

Water Safety – 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Kayaker Dies In Accident On Little Pigeon River

Rangers responded to a report of a kayak accident on the evening of July 2nd in the Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River in the Greenbrier section of the park.

Kenneth C. Worthington, 53, of Apex, North Carolina, capsized his kayak and floated to the river edge, where friends pulled him from the river. Rangers, Gatlinburg Police Department officers, and Gatlinburg Fire Department personnel performed CPR on Worthington before he was transported to LeConte Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (NC)
Three Visitors Injured In Separate Shark Encounters

Between June 26th and July 1st, visitors were injured in three separate encounters with sharks off park beaches:

  • On the morning of Friday, June 26th, the park received a report from the Dare County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center of a person apparently injured by a shark approximately one mile north of the Avon Fishing Pier.  Hatteras Island Rescue Squad paramedics and NPS rangers responded to the scene.  The victim, a 47-year-old man, had been swimming with others when the incident occurred.  He received various injuries to his right leg and lower back.  He was treated at the scene and then transported by ambulance and air flight to Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, for further care.
  • On the following Saturday afternoon, Dare County 911 again advised the park that several EMS units were headed to the beach, this time near Waves, North Carolina, to treat an injured teenager. Ocean Rescue Squad paramedics and NPS rangers found that a 17-year-old boy had sustained injuries from a shark.  He was swimming with several others when the incident occurred, but no other swimmers were injured.  The victim received various injuries to his right calf, buttocks and both hands.  He was treated at the scene and then transported by life flight to Norfolk, Virginia, for further care.
  • Three days later, on July 1st, yet another call came in of an injured person, this time near the lifeguarded beach at Ocracoke. Rangers, lifeguards and responding emergency personnel determined that a 68-year old man had been injured by a shark. He had been swimming approximately 25 to 30 feet offshore in about waist-deep water with his adult son at the time. There were no other swimmers injured.  The victim received various injuries to his left lower torso and hip, lower left leg, and both hands.  He was treated at the scene and then transported by ambulance to the Ocracoke Airport for transport by East Care Airflight to Vidant Memorial Center, in Greenville, North Carolina, for further medical treatment.

“While the National Park Service does not know why there has been an increase of these incidents, we do want to make sure our visitors are aware of them and have a safe visit to the national seashore,” said Superintendent David Hallac. “We can never guarantee anyone’s safety when they enter the water.  The only way to be sure you do not encounter sharks or other marine wildlife that may be harmful to humans is to stay out of the water.”

The park has increased the number of visitor contacts on the beaches and posted information at key locations for visitors.

Grand Canyon National Park (AZ)
Visitors Rescued From Stuck Raft

On June 22nd, two visitors on a non-commercial river trip pinned their raft on rocks near the top of the Colorado River’s Hance Rapids. Unable to free themselves from this dangerous situation, the trip leader called for assistance.

River Rangers Bryan Stone and Dave Loeffler were flown to the scene with an inflatable Zodiac rescue boat and attempted unsuccessfully to reach the stuck visitors. Stone was subsequently inserted onto the stuck raft via helicopter short-haul and facilitated the extrication of the visitors via short-haul.

With reduced weight on the raft and a rising water level, the raft floated downstream the following morning after several interesting variations in the way it was pinned.

As the flight crew was flying to Hance Rapids to assist with the raft recovery and removal of the Zodiac, they diverted to a report of a capsized dory in Crystal Rapids with two visitors sitting atop the vessel. Upon arrival at Crystal Rapids, they found that the situation had self-resolved, as the two visitors had been swept into the river and rescued by their companions.  Rangers James Thompson and Erika Andersson served as the incident commanders.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area — NV, AZ
Search In Progress For Missing Man

Rangers are searching for a man who was last seen in the water in the Boulder Basin of Lake Mead.

On the afternoon of July 5th, park dispatch received a call from a person who reported that a man had jumped off a boat into the water and failed to resurface. Witnesses said he was wearing a lifejacket, but it came off when he jumped into the water.

Rangers, Coast Guard personnel, and Nevada Department of Wildlife game wardens responded and began searching for the missing man, who is believed to be about a half mile from the shoreline in an area that is 80 to 160 feet deep.

Crews are continuing to search the area. The incident is under investigation.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area – NV, AZ
Body Of Teenager Recovered From Lake Mohave

The body of a 17-year-old boy from North Las Vegas was recovered from Lake Mohave on July 1st.

The boy went underwater while swimming across Morning Star Cove on the previous afternoon and failed to resurface. He was with a group of friends who were cliff jumping in the Placer Cove area who’d decided to try to swim across Morning Star Cove to another cliff about 50 yards away. The teen started having difficulties. Two other friends took turns trying to help him to safety, but they could not hold on and he went underwater.

Rangers conducted an immediate search. Using sonar, search crews located what they believed to be the body around 7:30 p.m. on June 30th. Since there is little to no visibility underwater at night, the search was postponed until daylight.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Search and Rescue divers located the body underwater late on the morning of July 1st. He was not wearing a life jacket.

Missing swimmers and body recoveries –

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Hiking – 

Yellowstone National Park (ID,MT,WY)
Two People Injured After Approaching Bison

Two people were injured after getting too close to bison in separate incidents over the last two weeks. The first encounter occurred on June 23rd when an off-duty concession employee came upon a bison while walking off trail after dark in the Lower Geyser Basin area; the second incident occurred on July 1st when a visitor encountered a bison while hiking the Storm Point trail in the Yellowstone Lake area.

The first incident happened when a 19-year-old visitor and three friends were returning to their car after swimming in the Firehole River late at night. The girl and a companion were walking in the dark when they came upon a bison lying down about 10 feet from them. The companion turned and ran from the bison, but before the girl could react, the bison charged her and tossed her in the air.

The girl’s friends helped her to their car and drove back to Canyon Village, where all four live and work. At Canyon, the girl went to bed, but awoke a short time later feeling ill. Around one in the morning, the party called the Yellowstone Interagency Communication Center asking for medical help. Rangers transported her by ambulance to a hospital outside the park. She was was treated for minor injuries and released later that day.

The second incident occurred when a 68-year-old visitor was hiking on the Storm Point trail, approximately 300 yards from the trailhead, and encountered a bison near the trail. The woman continued on the trail; as she passed the bison, it charged and gored her. A witness ran up the trail to report the incident to an interpretive ranger leading a hike in the area. Shortly before 4:30 p.m., the ranger reported the incident to the Yellowstone Interagency Communication Center. Due to serious injuries, the woman was transported to Lake Clinic by ambulance and then flown to a hospital outside the park.

These were the third and fourth bison encounters to occur in Yellowstone National Park this summer. The other two occurred when visitors in the Old Faithful area approached too close to bison. Both visitors in those incidents were flown to a hospital due to their injuries.

Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
Park’s SAR Team Makes Two Same-Day Rescues

Members of the park’s search and rescue team responded to two separate falling incidents just hours apart on Sunday, June 28th.

At 9:30 a.m., rangers were notified by cell phone that a 48-year-old man had taken a 50-foot fall while backcountry skiing on Sundance Mountain and had suffered numerous injuries. SAR personnel reached him at 11:45 a.m. They performed a technical evacuation, lowering him through snow, rocks and dense brush and eventually reaching Old Fall River Road at 7:30 p.m. He was taken by ambulance to Estes Park Medical Center.  Twenty people were involved in this rescue. Park search and rescue team members were assisted by two members of Douglas County Search and Rescue.

At noon, rangers were notified via another cell phone call that a 24-year-old man had taken a 150-foot tumbling fall down The Homestretch on the Keyhole Route on Longs Peak.  Rangers were able to speak with him; he told them that he’d suffered injuries but would attempt to continue down on his own.  Rangers left the Longs Peak Trailhead with the intent to assist him, but their efforts were hampered by severe weather and lightning.  Rangers reached him at 8:30 p.m. at the Keyhole.  They assisted him through The Boulder Field and spent the night in the Boulder Field with him.  At 8:00 a.m. on Monday morning, he was flown by Lifeguard One to Medical Center of the Rockies.  Park SAR team members were assisted by four members of Larimer County Search and Rescue.

Ice cave collapse kills one, injures four – http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/2015/07/06/collapse-ice-caves/29798495/

Three sisters get lost in Tetons – http://www.startribune.com/sisters-rescued-in-wyoming-woods-relied-on-faith-experience/313336761/

Dehydration kills – http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0PJ2P120150709?irpc=932

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

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Hunter-gatherer – 

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park (CO)
Visitor Seriously Injured In Deer Attack

During the early afternoon hours of June 30th, a park visitor was attacked by a doe mule deer in the South Rim Campground. The woman was walking two small dogs on a leash when she was knocked to the ground by the deer. The deer then trampled the woman with its hooves, causing life threatening injuries.

Luckily, a campground host and other visitors heard the woman screaming and were able to chase off the attacking deer. Rangers quickly controlled her profuse bleeding and stabilized her; she was then taken by ambulance to a hospital and went into surgery.

Investigation revealed this deer was likely protecting its newborn fawn from visitors with dogs. Multiple minor incidents involving visitors with dogs preceded the attack on the woman and her dog in the campground.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers subsequently shot the deer after it charged two CPW officers who had a leashed dog with them. The woman is expected to make a full recovery.

Climbing – 

Grand Teton National Park (WY)
Climber Seriously Injured In Rockfall

A large boulder struck and seriously injured a climber during a rockfall yesterday morning. Michael Polmear, 27, of Bethesda, Maryland, was ascending the Middle Teton near its black dike feature when a boulder—described by his wife, Stephanie, as “the size of five to six microwave ovens”—suddenly rolled down slope toward Polmear and hit his left arm, causing severe injuries.

A former park employee, who happened to be nearby, reported hearing the rockfall and a subsequent call for help at approximately 8:30 a.m. He immediately made his way to the rockfall site and began to help Stephanie Polmear stabilize her husband’s injured arm. He placed an emergency call to Teton Interagency Dispatch Center at 9:00 a.m. that activated a rescue response by park rangers with aerial support from a Teton Interagency contract helicopter. At the request of Grand Teton’s rescue coordinator, this first responder moved Polmear roughly 200 feet away from the accident site because of concern for additional rockfall activity.

Stephanie Polmear reported that she was belaying her husband up the initial pitch of the Black Dike route on the Middle Teton and that he was approximately 30 to 35 meters above her when the boulder came crashing down the slope without warning. Fortunately, Stephanie was not hit by any of the debris. Although severely injured, Michael used his non-injured arm to create an anchor and his wife was able to lower him by rope to her location.

Three park rangers were flown to a provisional helispot near the Cave Couloir at the base of the Middle Teton (approximately 600 linear feet and 300 vertical feet from Polmear) at 10:00 a.m. They provided emergency medical care, stabilized Polmear’s injured arm and helped him traverse the distance to the waiting helicopter. Polmear, accompanied by one attending ranger, was flown to the Jenny Lake Rescue Cache at Lupine Meadows, where he was then transferred to a park ambulance and transported to St. John’s Medical Center. Once the helicopter cleared the mountain helispot, the other two rangers ascended from the accident site to the Lower Saddle of the Grand Teton to begin a scheduled backcountry patrol.

The cause of the sudden rockfall is undetermined. However, recent thunderstorms and a sequence of mountain showers may have loosened the boulder and nearby soils. It appears that Polmear was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time when this natural event took place.

Cave rescued launched – http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Children-missing-cave-spark-search-rescue/story-26841795-detail/story.html

Recovery of canyoneer – http://fox13now.com/2015/07/12/rescue-crews-recover-body-of-man-who-fell-100-feet-in-zion/

Fatal rapelling incident – http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/poor-rappel-setup-led-to-asu-students-fatal-fall-7468789?utm_content=buffer6110c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Vehicles – 

 Craters Of The Moon National Monument & Preserve (ID)
Pilot Killed In Plane Crash In Park

On the evening of July 2nd, the National Park Service was informed of a missing plane with a last known location over Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve.

The Civil Air Patrol searched the last known area until dark and then resumed searching on the following day. They soon reported possible wreckage in the Laidlaw Park area of the park. A ranger was given the latitude and longitude and traveled to the area by vehicle, then was directed to the location by a circling Civil Air Patrol plane.  The ranger confirmed the wreckage and one fatality.

The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Aviation Administration are leading the investigation.

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (PA)
Driver Killed By Falling Tree

Manual L. Loureiro, 31, of Bushkill, Pennsylvania, was fatally injured in a one car motor vehicle accident on Route 209 just south of the Bushkill Meeting Center around 6 a.m. yesterday.  Loureiro was traveling southbound on Route 209 when his vehicle was struck by a falling tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Monroe County coroner.

Bushkill Fire Department responded to the scene within minutes, with Bushkill Ambulance, Pennsylvania State Police, and National Park Service rangers also responding.  Route 209 was closed for several hours, but has since reopened.

Man and dog rescued from sea – http://www.itv.com/news/2015-07-12/us-coast-guard-rescues-man-and-his-dog-after-days-stranded-at-sea/

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 – 6/30/15…

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Image: http://www.estesparknews.com/rmnp_news/article_3e7dc20a-1ea4-11e5-bd88-8f9cdaddb8cc.html

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 – 

30 minute hike leads to six day ordeal (thanks Mike for the link) – http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/national/Ontario+couple+walk+backcountry+surprisingly+good/11175703/story.html

News – 

Utah launches SAR card – http://www.parkrecord.com/summit_county-news/ci_28409494/search-and-rescue-card-program-launching-next-week

Nothing funny about prank calls to emergency services – http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/police-hunt-hoax-999-caller-5974015

Malfunctioning cell phone launches SAR – http://www.adn.com/article/20150626/malfunctioning-cellphone-sends-texts-help-ast-launches-helicopter

Inside the CAP – http://www.koaa.com/story/29425094/behind-the-scenes-and-in-the-sky-with-civil-air-patrol

Water Safety – 

Buffalo National River – AR
Swimmer Drowns In High Waters Of Buffalo River

Dispatch received a report on the evening of June 18th advising that a 22-year-old man had disappeared while swimming in the Buffalo River, which was near flood stage at the time of the incident.  The reporting party advised that the man and two companions swam across the river at Grinders Ferry; on their return swim, the victim began struggling, slipped beneath the surface of the river, and disappeared.

Hasty search operations were begun immediately via land and boat and continued until slightly after dark.  Search operations continued the following morning at first light, with efforts focusing on side-scanning, sonar-mounted motorboat operations.  Additional sonar operations continued on Saturday and Sunday, and dive operations were begun on Sunday.

On Monday morning, as dive teams were preparing to enter the water for the second day, District Ranger Mark Miller and Firefighter Tim Baron were making a motorboat sweep patrol to Gilbert when they located the body of the missing swimmer about two miles downstream from Grinders Ferry.  The body had been deposited by the river in a shallow depression on a sandbar about five vertical feet above the water line.

A recovery and investigation team was immediately deployed to that location to recover the body, which was transferred to the Searcy County coroner upon arriving back at Grinders Ferry.  The search and rescue mission utilized a unified command team comprised of the National Park Service and Searcy County Sheriff’s Office. Additional resources came from Mennonite Disaster Services Search and Rescue (Carroll County SAR), the American Red Cross, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Dive Team, Arkansas G&F wildlife officers, Benton County Dive Team, Searcy County Dive Team, BUFFSAR volunteers and numerous park staff.

Dinosaur National Monument
Searchers Recover Body Of Missing Rafter

The body of a missing rafter has been recovered by search and rescue staff from Dinosaur National Monument, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife near Triplet Falls on the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument. Based on interviews with members of the river group, the following is a summary of the event.

A 16-member private river trip ran Triplet Falls on Saturday, June 20th. After running the rapid, four members of the party hiked back upstream to run a section of the rapid known as the “Birth Canal” with a nine-foot paddle raft. The group made it through the “Birth Canal”, but hit a rock shortly below, and the raft flipped, dumping all four occupants into the river.

The paddle raft was flushed down river and recovered by other members of the group. Three of the rafters were able to swim to shore. The fourth occupant of the paddle raft, a 34-year-old man from Denver, Colorado, was briefly spotted in the water below the “Birth Canal” before he disappeared. Members of the group reported that he appeared to be stuck. The rafting party observed that his personal flotation device (PFD) and one shoe popped to the surface where he was last seen.

Members of the group searched for the missing rafter for approximately one to two hours. They then continued downstream on their rafts to seek assistance. They stopped for the night at Rippling Brook campsite as it was getting dark and did not want to risk rowing in the darkness.

On Sunday, the group arrived at the Echo Park Ranger Station at approximately 11:15 am where they notified a ranger of the incident. Monument staff contacted Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and Colorado Parks and Wildlife to assemble a response team.

The interagency response team under a unified command left Gates of Lodore by boat to Triplet Falls on Sunday evening. The group arrived at Triplet Falls to begin water-based search and recovery efforts on Monday. The victim was located at approximately 12:30 pm. His body was transported to Echo Park by raft.

Triplet Falls, which has a Class III difficulty rating, is located in a remote portion of Dinosaur National Monument about 12 river miles from the monument’s northern boundary. The area is surrounded by steep canyon walls rising 1,200 feet and higher above the river. There is no cell service in that portion of the monument. River flow was approximately 1,670 cubic feet per second (cfs) at the time of the incident.

SAR for cliff jumper – http://www.kob.com/article/stories/s3837376.shtml

SAR for missing kayaker – http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Search-Underway-for-Missing-Boater-in-Fort-Worth-310343061.html

Hiking – 

Lake Mead National Recreation Area – NV, AZ
Two Rescued From Mine Blocked By Rattlesnake

A man and a boy who entered Ore Car Mine off North Shore Road last Friday were unable to exit due to a rattlesnake blocking their path and called for help.

Rangers responded along with personnel from BLM, Henderson FD and Las Vegas Metro PD SAR. The pair were successfully extricated.

Hiker with heatstroke rescued http://www.kelownanow.com/watercooler/news/news/South_Okanagan/15/06/29/Penticton_Search_and_Rescue_Respond_to_Hiker_with_Heat_Stroke

Lightning strike injures fifteen hikers – http://kdvr.com/2015/06/28/lightning-strike-injures-up-to-16-kills-dog-on-mount-bierstadt/

Lost & Injured hikers rescues –

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Hunter-gatherer – 

Missing hunter’s gear found – http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/2015/06/29/items-belonging-missing-hunter-found-mountains/29487819/

Climbing – 

New River Gorge National River (WV)
Rangers Conduct Two Same-Day Rescues

Rangers were advised of a falling accident at Beauty Mountain on Tuesday morning. The interagency response team consisted of rangers, VFD members, and local EMS. Due to the nature of the call, an aeromedical helicopter from Air Evac launched and staged at Burnwood Ranger Station.

Rescuers quickly established contact with the injured man, began caring for him, and planned his evacuation. The Fayette County Rope Rescue Team and rangers rigged a technical rope rescue system and brought him to the cliff top via a litter raise. He was carried out to an ambulance and was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The preliminary investigation indicates that he fell from the cliff while down climbing without a rope or climbing gear in order to retrieve his cell phone, which he’d dropped over the cliff the previous evening.

Late that afternoon, the 911 center advised rangers that a woman had gone over Sandstone Falls on the New River.  Park staff responded to the Sandstone Falls visitor use area, while additional rangers responded to Sandstone landing with an NPS patrol boat. The woman and two male friends were spotted on a rock below the falls, and the NPS patrol boat was guided to the location. All three were transported to the shore and evaluated for injuries. The woman suffered minor head injuries, but refused treatment; she was transported to a hospital for follow-up by her friends. Hinton VFD and WV Department of Natural Resources officers assisted with the rescue.

Vehicles – 

 Lake Mead National Recreation Area – NV, AZ
Plane Makes Emergency Landing On Park Beach

The pilot of a small plane carrying three passengers made an emergency landing near Lake Mead yesterday with only minor injuries to the occupants.

Just after 5 a.m., park dispatch received a call reporting that a small aircraft had landed at Special Events Beach along Boulder Beach. Rangers and personnel from the Clark County Fire Department, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Search and Rescue, the Federal Aviation Administration, and Community Ambulance responded.

The pilot was flying his three passengers from North Las Vegas to El Paso. The three women, all from the El Paso area, were visiting Las Vegas for the weekend. Two were treated for minor injuries, but none of them were taken to the hospital.

According to the passengers, the plane’s engine stopped running over the mountains along the eastern side of the Boulder Basin. The passengers said the pilot circled back toward Boulder City to avoid landing in the mountains or on the water. They said the plane glided to a landing on Boulder Beach.

The aircraft, a 1979 Piper PA-32R-301 (also known as a Cherokee 6), landed on the beach between two portable restrooms. No facilities were damaged, and it doesn’t appear that there are any fuel leaks from the aircraft.

A portion of Special Events Beach will remain temporarily closed until the aircraft can safely be removed and the investigation by the FAA, National Transportation Safety Board and the park can be completed.

Injured horse rider rescued – http://county10.com/2015/06/29/horse-accident-leads-to-search-and-rescue-on-whiskey-mountain/

Injured biker rescued – http://www.estesparknews.com/rmnp_news/article_3e7dc20a-1ea4-11e5-bd88-8f9cdaddb8cc.html

SAR for missing vessel called off – http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/06/29/islands-focus-aceh-search-and-rescue-ends-8-still-missing.html

Tourist plane crashes in Alaska – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/25/alaska-plane-crash_n_7667966.html

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Survival Weekly – 6/22/15

boaters

Source: http://www.islandpacket.com/2015/06/12/3791665/five-boaters-rescued-thursday.html

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 – 

Take a BPO Survival course and help decrease theFederal budget – http://www.sltrib.com/blogs/hiking/2434802-155/rangers-are-rescuing-average-visitors-

SAR map – http://www.sltrib.com/blogs/hiking/2621421-155/graphic-where-national-park-visitors-are

Escapees on the run – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/20/richard-matt-david-sweat_n_7624420.html

News – 

Helicopters vs. parachutes http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/rescues-require-helicopters-not-parachutes/article25042329/

Drone stuff – http://www.officer.com/press_release/12083474/flir-dual-camera-search-and-rescue-drone

Water Safety – 

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (PA)
Rescuers Respond To Two Incidents At Same Waterfall

Rangers and volunteer firefighters responded to incidents on consecutive days last week in which visitors were injured in cliff jumps from the Adams Creek waterfall.

Both victims were 20-year-old women from New Jersey and both received back injuries after jumping from a cliff about 40 feet above the pool at the base of the waterfall.

On June 10th, the park’s interagency high angle rescue team conducted a belayed carryout of the first injured woman; the June 11th incident did not require a technical rescue, as the woman was able to walk part of the way out to the trailhead.

These incidents marked the second and third injury incidents requiring rescues at Adams Creek this year. The creek has exploded in popularity among teenagers and young adults from as far away as Allentown, Pennsylvania, and the greater New York-New Jersey urban areas due to numerous YouTube posting of cliff jumping, swimming and partying there. See the first few videos at the link below.

An alcohol closure was put in place this year for the area, but that has not diminished its popularity. Park management is now considering an area closure.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area (CA)
Woman’s Body Found On Park Beach

On the morning of June 4th, rangers responded to the report of a body washed ashore on the beaches below the Point Bonita Radar Station in the Marin Headlands.

The first ranger on scene determined the body was that of a woman, about 20 to 25 years old. Rangers, NPS lifeguards and Coast Guard personnel coordinated a recovery of the body from the beach. The lifeguards utilized a jet ski to transfer the body to a waiting Coast Guard vessel.

An investigation into the cause of death was undertaken by the Marin County Medical Examiner’s Office and Golden Gate’s Problem Solving Unit.

River SAR – http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/rescue-teams-launch-massive-search-5882047

SAR for missing kayakers – http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2015/06/rescue_workers_continue_searching_turbulent_seneca_river_for_2_missing_kayakers.html

Swimmer rescued – http://www.kelownanow.com/watercooler/news/news/North_Okanagan/15/06/15/Vernon_Search_and_Rescue_Help_Man_Attempting_to_Swim_Across_Okanagan_Lake

Body of rafter found – http://www.themountainmail.com/free_content/article_6f62f40c-1324-11e5-86d7-ab4e4eaf4bee.html

Body of swimmer recovered – http://fox13now.com/2015/06/15/search-and-rescue-crews-recover-body-of-drowning-victim-at-quail-creek-reservoir/

River SAR – http://www.ketv.com/news/water-rescue-crews-searching-for-man-in-missouri-river-sunday/33699084

Kayaker rescued http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/b-c-ferries-crew-save-kayaker-in-nighttime-rescue-off-island-1.1974984

Missing tuber – http://kdvr.com/2015/06/20/search-underway-for-missing-tuber-in-south-platte-river/

Swimmer’s body recovered – http://5newsonline.com/2015/06/22/correction-search-and-rescue-crews-recover-swimmers-body-from-buffalo-river/

Hiking – 

Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
Park SAR Team Rescues Injured Hiker

Park dispatch received a call early on the afternoon of June 8th reporting a hiker fall and injury in a steep off-trail area between Arch Rock and The Pool on the lower Fern Lake trail.

Search and rescue team members searched for four hours in a number of off-trail areas in an effort to find Rick Grigsby, 62, due to the generalized description he provided of his location.  Grigsby was eventually located at 5:45 p.m., when rangers heard his yells for help.  Grigsby had been exploring an extremely steep mud and rock slide area when he fell on rocks and suffered a leg injury.

SAR team members described the area as hazardous, with steep terrain, loose rock and burned and downed wood from the 2012 Fern Lake Fire. This landslide area had occurred in the spring of 2013. Park team members had difficulty finding stable locations to place anchors to perform a technical lowering down the steep gully.

Grigsby was initially lowered more than 1,000 feet to a high marshy meadow.  The second technical lowering took place over a steep 800-foot scree area.  He was then carried down the trail in a wheeled litter to the Fern Lake trailhead, reaching that location at 2:30 a.m.

Grigsby was travelling along and was fortunate to have cell phone coverage in the area where he fell.  Over 40 park SAR team members were involved in this incident.

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (CA)
Bear Injures Sleeping Camper

A park visitor stopped at the Ash Mountain Entrance Station in Sequoia National Park early on Wednesday morning to report an incident involving a bear and a camper at Potwisha Campground.

According to reports, a bear nudged a man in a sleeping bag and woke him up at a campsite there around 6:30 a.m. The bear then stepped on the man, who ran away. The bear followed him, then turned around to grab the man’s sleeping bag and drag it to the edge of the campsite. Other campers said that they banged pots and pans to scare the bear away.

The 25-year-old California man sustained minor injuries – lacerations to his back and a puncture wound. He declined further medical care by park staff.

Currently, park personnel are trying to locate the bear. Notices have been posted and campers contacted at Potwisha and Buckeye Flat campgrounds. Campground patrols have been increased. The incident is under investigation.

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

misingkayakers

Source: http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2015/06/rescue_workers_continue_searching_turbulent_seneca_river_for_2_missing_kayakers.html

Hunter-gatherer – 

Body of fisherman recovered – http://kdvr.com/2015/06/14/body-of-missing-fisherman-found-near-trail-head-on-boulder-canyon-road/

Treasure hunters rescued – http://trib.com/lifestyles/recreation/search-for-lost-treasure-mine-results-in-second-park-county/article_b74597f5-1b97-5f76-8922-8d2d1dfdd4bd.html

Fishermen rescued – http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/rnli-rescue-three-fishermen-missing-off-donegal-coast-682774.html

Climbing – 

Mount Rainier National Park (WA)
Body Of Missing Climber Found And Recovered

The search for a missing Liberty Ridge climber came to an end on day two of the effort to find him with the discovery of his body just below the crater rim.

A joint air operation by personnel from the U.S. Army Reserve 214th Air Division and the park led to the location of what was suspected to be the body on day one. A photo of the target was analyzed that evening and determined to be worth further investigation. Plans were made for a ground team to investigate the location the following day. The target was indeed the body of a man fitting the description of the missing climber. It was carried by the ground team to the crater rim, then airlifted off the mountain.

The climber left his camp in extreme winds and low visibility to retrieve a stove left a short distance away. He and his two climbing partners had stopped at the confluence of the Winthrop and Emmons Glaciers at 14,200 feet during their descent from Liberty Cap. Extreme weather forced them to stop and seek shelter in a crevasse.

Thirty-nine park personnel were assigned over the course of the incident. Stefan Lofgren and Kraig Snure were the incident commanders.  Incident photos are available at the link below.

Injured climber and dispatcher transcript – http://www.oregonlive.com/clackamascounty/index.ssf/2015/06/911_calls_for_mount_hood_rescu.html

Off duty SAR team member dies in fall http://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/local/2015/06/16/fall-victim-search-rescue-member/28840831/

Vehicles – 


Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve (AK)
Rangers Respond To Three Same Day Incidents

On June 10th, rangers responded to a report of an engine fire on the Glacier Bay Lodge tour vessel Baranof Wind.  The 79-foot daily sightseeing vessel had suffered a fire in the starboard engine room while transiting through the remote upper reaches of Glacier Bay.

Crew members on the Baranof Wind were able to extinguish the fire and called for assistance. The Holland America cruise ship Noordam was nearby and responded to the call; using a tender, the ship collected all 40 passengers and loaded them safely onto the Noordam and transferred them to the park dock.

At the same time, the Noordam requested assistance for a medical evacuation from the ship for a passenger who was suffering from a medical emergency.  Park staff assisted with the transfer and evacuation of the patient from the cruise ship and to a medevac helicopter.

Park staff then received notice from the Coast Guard that the 73-foot commercial fishing vessel Kupreanofwas taking on water off the outer coast of the park and rescued four crew members from a life raft.  The vessel then sank into the Gulf of Alaska.

Boaters rescued – http://www.islandpacket.com/2015/06/12/3791665/five-boaters-rescued-thursday.html

SAR for horse rider – http://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/2015/06/20/woman-separated-horse-draws-search-teams-friday/29035007/

Boaters rescued – http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/rescue_teams_called_to_airlift_patient_from_river_bure_and_help_boats_stuck_on_breydon_water_1_4120475

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