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Survival Weekly – 3/31/15…

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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 – 

Yosemite Falls helicopter rescue with video –  http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article16808024.html

News – 

BORSTAR expanding ops – http://www.krmg.com/news/news/local/border-patrol-expanding-search-and-rescue-teams/nkhfH/

Water Safety – 

SAR for missing boater – http://www.katc.com/story/28642446/search-and-rescue-crews-look-for-missing-boater-in-fatal-boating-accident

Lake rescue http://www.uppermichiganssource.com/news/story.aspx?id=1184100#.VRn_9flQMsM

Woman recovered from creek – http://www.wgrz.com/story/news/local/west-seneca/2015/03/28/search-and-rescue-on-buffalo-creek-underway-in-west-seneca/70600840/

Man recovered from river – http://www.clarechampion.ie/body-recovered-from-river-shannon/

Coast Guard rescues two boaters – http://abc7news.com/news/coast-guard-rescues-2-people-from-sinking-boat-in-monterey-county/581706/

Rescue on the river –  http://www.news10.net/story/news/local/sacramento/2015/03/27/water-rescue-in-american-river/70548610/

SAR launched for ice flow rider http://www.torontosun.com/2015/03/26/ice-floe-riding-navy-diver-sparks-search-and-rescue-operation

SAR suspended for missing man – http://lostcoastoutpost.com/2015/mar/25/young-man-attempts-rescue-dog-ocean-near-orick-now/

Winter Sports – 

SAR numbers up in Nunavut – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/number-of-search-and-rescues-on-the-rise-in-nunavut-1.3011578

Hiking – 

Death Valley National Park (CA)
Two Day Search Ends With Rescue

On the evening of Monday, March 23rd, rangers received a report that a visitor was stranded on a ledge in Golden Canyon, a popular hiking area in Death Valley. Rangers hiked the trail system by headlamp but were unable to locate the visitor.

On Tuesday, park personnel were able to make voice contact with the man, who was trapped at the top of a series of dry waterfalls, some of which were greater than 100 feet high. Rangers directed a U.S. Navy search and rescue helicopter to his location, where he was hoisted into the aircraft without incident.

He was flown to the Furnace Creek Airfield, where he was medically evaluated and debriefed. He said that he left the main trail system and began following a series of social trails until he became “cliffed out”. Once he realized that he was trapped he sheltered in place overnight and awaited rescue.

Search and rescue efforts were supported by members of protection, fee collection, interpretation, resource management, maintenance, and management branches, as well as military personnel from the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake.

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

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Hunter-gatherer – 

Body of missing fisherman recovered – http://fox13now.com/2015/03/25/crews-recover-body-of-man-missing-at-willard-bay-since-sunday/

Climbing – 

Injured climber rescued – http://www.kelownanow.com/watercooler/news/news/South_Okanagan/15/03/30/Penticton_Search_and_Rescue_Evacuate_Injured_Climber_at_Skaha_Bluffs

Climbers rescued – http://www.9news.com/story/news/local/2015/03/30/rescued-climbers-started-late-in-day/70694054/

Vehicles – 

Fatal pane crash –  http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2015/03/30/main_line_times/news/doc55193c97eb419798293118.txt

Another plane crash – http://fox4kc.com/2015/03/31/fatal-plane-crash-reported-in-pleasanton-kansas/

Urban – 

Missing dementia and Alzheimer’s patients –  

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

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Survival Weekly – 2/25/15…

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Welcome to another edition of Survival Weekly, where the real wilderness survival “reality show” plays out everyday, in the wild places around our world. These unscripted stories will give you insight to the true threats and challenges you may face in your outdoor pursuits. So sit back, relax, and read on to get a dose of reality to sharpen your most valuable survival tool. – BPO

Featured – 

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

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

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

Two stories of satellite messengers failing – 

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

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News – 

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

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

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

Winter Sports – 

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

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

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

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

Hiking – 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hunter-gatherer – 

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

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

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

Climbing – 

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

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

Water Safety – 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vehicles – 

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

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

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

Urban – 

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

Missing dementia and Alzheimer’s patients –  

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

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Survival Weekly – 2/17/15…

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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 – 

This article about evaluating risks and decision making applies to all pursuits, not just pilots – https://www.adn.com/article/20150214/alaska-pilots-sometimes-winter-survival-means-not-taking

News – 

Three planes left in bid for Canadian SAR plane –   http://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/canadas-fixed-wing-search-and-rescue-aircraft-contest-down-to-three-contenders

Body of rescue tech recovered – http://thechronicleherald.ca/canada/1268761-body-of-missing-rescue-tech-recovered-from-mountain

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Winter Sports – 

Rescue of sledder – http://www.calgarysun.com/2015/02/16/young-sylvan-lake-sledder-saved-from-creek-bed-near-golden-bc-by-search-and-rescue-team

Missing snowmobiler rescued – http://county10.com/2015/02/13/quick-search-and-rescue-yesterday-has-positive-outcome/

Injured snowmobiler rescued – http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/local/2015/02/15/injured-snowmobiler-rescued-gallatin-county/23465013/

Snowmobiler rescued – http://globalnews.ca/news/1831956/sylvan-lake-snowmobiler-rescued-from-creek-near-golden/

Hiking – 

Grand Canyon National Park (AZ) **originally reported at Shenandoah by morning report, but Chuckzilla caught their mistake
Hiker Dies At Ribbon Falls On North Kaibab Trail

Early on the afternoon of Thursday, February 12th, park dispatch received a broken 911 call reporting the discovery of a man’s body in the vicinity of Ribbon Falls near the North Kaibab Trail.  Ranger medics responded by helicopter.

The victim was found to be a 73-year-old man who was day hiking from Phantom Ranch to Ribbon Falls with several companions.  He’d collapsed shortly after reaching the falls. Bystanders began CPR while another visitor hiked to a place on the trail where limited cell service was available.

When park medics arrived, the man had been down for about 90 minutes. They pronounced him dead.

The man’s body and his companions were flown to the South Rim. The body was then transported to the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office in Flagstaff.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stranded hikers rescued – http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2015/02/11/hrc-search-rescue-teams-find-hikers-stranded-in-darkness-near-valentine-peak/#.VOPKlPlQMsM

Hikers rescued, overnight with SAR crew – http://www.kesq.com/news/hikers-forced-to-spend-night-in-tahquitz-canyon/31258694

SAR for missing hiker – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/north-shore-rescue-searching-for-missing-hiker-marilyn-mann-1.2957598

Hunter-gatherer – 

Recovery of missing fisherman – http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-south-pinellas/st-petersburg/search-underway-in-gulf-for-two-missing-fishermen

Climbing – 

Climber rescued – http://www.kvue.com/story/news/local/2015/02/14/climber-rescued-from-barton-creek-greenbelt/23418121/

SAR team rescues sheepdog off  cliff – http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/search-team-rescues-sheepdog-8650867

Climbing party rescued – http://www.dailysabah.com/nation/2015/02/09/19-climbers-rescued-after-15-hours-of-ordeal

Water Safety – 

Missing kayaker – http://www.wyff4.com/news/authorities-searching-for-missing-boater-on-lake-hartwell/31228996

Tourist rescued from riptide – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=11402653

Another kayaker rescued – http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/UPDATE-Major-rescue-operation-injured-kayaker/story-26028904-detail/story.html

Vehicles – 

Search for missing utility worker – http://gazette.com/search-and-rescue-team-looking-for-utility-worker-stranded-near-almagre-mountain/article/1546130

Couple stuck in snowbank rescued – http://oilcitywyo.com/2015/02/13/couple-found-safe-by-washakie-county-sheriffs-and-worland-police-department-after-being-stranded-in-a-snowdrift/

Rescue leads to arrest – http://www.chinookobserver.com/co/coast-guard/20150214/deanos-dream-turns-to-nightmare-when-rescue-transitions-into-arrest

Urban – 

Missing teens rescued – http://www.8newsnow.com/story/28100280/tip-leads-dad-red-rock-search-and-rescue-to-missing-teen-girls

SAR for bridge jumper – http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/search-rescue-operation-underway-after-8646209

SAR rescues suicidal woman http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/local/2015/02/15/suicidal-woman-found-unharmed-search/23461697/

Missing dementia and Alzheimer’s patients –  

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Survival Weekly – 2/3/2015…

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Welcome to another edition of Survival Weekly, where the real wilderness survival “reality show” plays out everyday, in the wild places around our world. These unscripted stories will give you insight to the true threats and challenges you may face in your outdoor pursuits. So sit back, relax, and read on to get a dose of reality to sharpen your most valuable survival tool. – BPO

Featured – 

Critical Incident Stress Management, an important part of search and rescue management – http://www.criticalincidentstress.com/what_is_cism_

And a story where it is being used –  http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/baby-rescued-from-courtenay-river-clings-to-life-1.1749772

News – 

Satellite imaging and SAR – http://www.scientificcomputing.com/news/2015/02/new-satellite-imaging-concept-could-dramatically-reduce-search-and-rescue-times

Winter Sports – 

Snowmobile fatality – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/body-of-dick-baker-id-d-as-missing-snowmobiler-recovered-at-deer-lake-1.2937748

Another snowmobile accident – http://helenair.com/helena/search-and-rescue-responding-to-injury-snowmobile-accident/article_d5c219e8-e7fb-5e60-a16b-641b8b421d1c.html

And another – http://fox13now.com/2015/01/31/snowmobiler-injured-in-wasatch-mountains-search-and-rescue-crews-responding/

Yep, you guessed it… another one – http://www.cbsnews.com/news/distraught-pilot-says-he-survived-suicide-crash-without-a-scratch/

Hiking – 

Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
Trail Ridge Road Walker Rescued

The search for a New York man who disappeared while attempting to walk over the Rockies on Trail Ridge Road last week came to a successful conclusion late last Thursday when rangers found him lying on a rock along the road’s shoulder.

Jay Starr, 34, of Cohoes, New York, was found in poor condition and was initially uncooperative. He was nonetheless provided care and assistance, and, because he’d been exposed to the elements above tree line over several days, was flown by Flight for Life to the Medical Center of the Rockies. As this is a continuing investigation, no further information is currently being released.

On Monday, January 26th, rangers contacted Starr, who had entered the park on foot and said he was planning to walk westbound over Trail Ridge Road. Rangers advised him against this based on his behavior and his lack of preparedness for winter alpine conditions.  Starr was wearing tennis shoes, jeans or tan canvas pants, and a black/blue jacket. He had neither hat nor gloves, and was carrying a plastic grocery bag.

Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous paved road in the United States, with its highest point reaching 12,183 feet. Over ten miles of the road are above 11,500 feet. The road closed to vehicles for the season last November and is not maintained during the winter. Conditions on the road range from bare windblown asphalt to deep snow drifts.

Rangers on skis contacted Starr above Many Parks Curve on last Tuesday afternoon. They were concerned for his welfare and were attempting to assist him.  Starr fled from rangers up a dry section of the road and continued to elude rangers until darkness fell.

Beginning early on Wednesday, two teams of rangers again attempted to locate Starr. One team came from the east side of the park and the other team came from the west side of the park. Rangers faced wind gusts of 50 to 60 miles per hour; these high winds and blowing snow hampered their efforts to follow Starr’s footprints.  Aerial operations were not possible due to high winds.  The entire road corridor was checked

Rangers were assisted by a Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer with an ATV equipped with snow tracks and by an over-snow tracked vehicle and operator from Estes Park Light and Power.  The motorized equipment was only used on Trail Ridge Road.

Hiker rescued – http://missoulian.com/news/local/missoula-county-search-and-rescue-tracks-down-lost-hiker/article_3fd1ba3a-7060-543a-acb7-251670a1e7ec.html

Hikers rescued – http://www.fox21news.com/news/story.aspx?id=1157910#.VNGhGWhQMsM

Hunter-gatherer – 

Missing fishermen found – http://www.thecourier.co.uk/news/local/angus-the-mearns/rescued-gourdon-fishermen-lacked-competence-says-report-1.814500

Climbing – 

Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
Injured Climber Rescued From Black Lake Area

Rangers were notified of the activation of a spot tracker device just after noon last Saturday. Shortly thereafter, they received a 911 call reporting a climbing accident near Black Lake.

Fifty-year-old Jason Brooks was solo climbing (unroped) when he reportedly took a tumbling fall of about 100 feet onto soft snow.  The fall was witnessed by visitors who were at Black Lake, which is about five-and-a-half miles from the Glacier Gorge Trailhead.  Rangers arrived on scene about two-and-a-half hours from the initial call.

Brooks suffered numerous injuries but was ambulatory and with assistance from rangers was able to move down to an area where an air ambulance was able to land.  Flight for Life transported him to Medical Center of the Rockies at 4:15 p.m.

Fortunately, weather conditions and the location were conducive to assistance from a helicopter.  Teams of Rocky Mountain National Park search and rescue personnel, assisted by Larimer County Search and Rescue and Rocky Mountain Rescue, were preparing for the possibility of a lengthy rescue operation.

Climbers fall, rescue underway – http://www.ktvb.com/story/news/local/regional/2015/01/31/three-climbers-fall-on-mount-hood/22659859/

Water Safety – 

Bodies recovered in search for missing trawler – http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2015-01-29/rescue-teams-searching-for-missing-trawler-recover-two-bodies-from-the-sea/

Woman and child rescued from river – http://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/woman-and-baby-pulled-from-puntledge-river-and-rushed-to-hospital-1.2214339

Fishing vessel sinks, crew rescued – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/poseidon-princess-sinks-four-rescued-off-southwest-nova-scotia-1.2939152

Man drowns while scattering remains of loved one – http://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2015/02/01/coastguard-calls-off-search-for-man/

Vehicles – 

No selfies while flying!! – http://abcnews.go.com/US/selfies-caused-colorado-plane-crash-ntsb/story?id=28688703

First hand account of intentional small plane crash – http://www.cbsnews.com/news/distraught-pilot-says-he-survived-suicide-crash-without-a-scratch/

Urban – 

Missing dementia and Alzheimer’s patients –  

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Survival Weekly – 1/29/15…

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Welcome to another edition of Survival Weekly, where the real wilderness survival “reality show” plays out everyday, in the wild places around our world. These unscripted stories will give you insight to the true threats and challenges you may face in your outdoor pursuits. So sit back, relax, and read on to get a dose of reality to sharpen your most valuable survival tool. – BPO

Featured – 

Somehow I missed this incredible story. It has been said and proven that people in good shape are harder to kill. Tough workouts and athletic events build perseverance and the mindset to push through mental and physical barriers. As the author stated in the article, this guy is not built for swimming long distance. Outstanding display of mental and physical toughness. 

Man falls overboard, swims 9 miles to shore – http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/13/opinion/nyad-rob-konrad-swimming-survival/index.html

News – 

I think drones will be a huge asset in SAR, so I will be posting news feeds about them –   http://www.theprovince.com/news/Coquitlam+Search+Rescue+hoping+provincial+using+aerial+drones/10762383/story.html

SAR helmets now offering attachment points –  http://www.policeone.com/police-products/search-and-rescue/articles/8202924-New-search-and-rescue-helmets-offer-accessory-mounting/

Winter Sports – 

Snowboarder rescued after three day ordeal – http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/strong-willed-snowboarder-rescued-after-3-nights-in-whistler-backcountry-1.2204801

Yellowstone National Park (ID,MT,WY)
Visitor’s Body Found Along Yellowstone Ski Trail

The body of a Montana man was discovered this past weekend along a park ski trail.

Snowshoers called 911 around noon on Saturday after spotting what they thought was a frozen human body in the snow along a groomed ski trail in the northern part of the park.

Rangers responded to the Frog Rock Trailhead, which is south of the Grand Loop Road, eight-and-a-half miles east of Mammoth Hot Springs.

They discovered the body of 52-year-old Merik Morgan from Belgrade, Montana, not far from the ski trail along the Blacktail Plateau Drive.

While initial indications are that the man succumbed to hypothermia, the incident remains under investigation.

Injured snowshoer rescued – http://www.intelligencer.ca/2015/01/28/sar-techs-rescue-injured-hiker

Ice climber rescued – http://www.ktvq.com/story/27943018/ice-climber-rescued-from-mean-green-near-cody

Hiking – 

Olympic National Park (WA)
Body Of Missing Hiker Found

On Sunday, January 25th, searchers, aided by several dog teams, located and recovered the body of missing hiker James Thomas Griffin in very rugged terrain near the Boulder Creek trailhead.

Griffin, 60, of Port Angeles, Washington, was the subject of an intensive five-day search that began on Christmas Eve.

Griffin’s remains were found by a search dog team in a very steep, rugged and densely forested area about a third of mile from and nearly 1,000 vertical feet above the trail.  An investigation at and around the scene showed no indications of foul play or wildlife interactions.

Griffin was last seen by other hikers around 4 p.m. on Monday, December 22nd, at Olympic Hot Springs. He was reported missing on December 24th when he did not arrive at a Christmas Eve dinner as planned.

Griffin’s daypack was found on December 25th about a half-mile from the trailhead.  Despite the five-day search involving over 20 people and several search dog teams, no other clues were located until Sunday.

Six dog teams from the all-volunteer group German Shepherd Search Dogs searched on Saturday; two teams searched on Sunday.

Air ops delivery helps rescue hiker – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/successful-air-search-and-rescue-conducted-near-rankin-inlet-1.2930745

Lost hiker found –http://www.dailyastorian.com/Local_News/20150128/seaside-search-and-rescue-finds-lost-resident

Missing woman found unconscious in blizzard conditions – http://www.dailyastorian.com/Local_News/20150128/seaside-search-and-rescue-finds-lost-resident

Lost hikers rescued –http://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/local/cedar-city/2015/01/28/ic-search-rescue-find-couple-year-old-child-near-trail/22501137/

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Hunter-gatherer – 

Hunter rescued after 6 days – http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2015/01/27/hunter-missing-for-six-days-found-alive/22424449/

Border Patrol locates missing hunter. Whistle and flashlight used for signalling – http://www.kvoa.com/news/border-patrol-rescue-60-year-old-hunter-on-tuesday/

Climbing – 

Climber injured – http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/65394854/man-falls-on-rocks-on-pisa-range

Hueco Tanks climbing accident – http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/Man-falls-off-cliff-at-Hueco-Tanks-search-and-rescue-team-sent-to-render-aid-71586.shtml#.VMrdP_5QMsM

Injured climber rescued – http://napavalleyregister.com/star/news/local/climber-injured-rescued-upvalley/article_d8815de6-7f5b-5085-bb8c-46fcbaa65303.html

Water Safety – 

I fall in the lake at work – https://bigpigblog.com/2015/01/29/man-in-the-lake-lessons-learned/

Vehicles – 

ATV rollover – http://www.yumasun.com/news/wellton-fire-department-also-played-role-in-rescue-of-man/article_4fa17ab2-a29f-11e4-8fb6-e32e732a6a36.html

Heart attack at 30,000 feet. Paramedics to the rescue –  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2924551/Firefighters-hailed-heroes-reviving-passenger-heart-stopped-beating-flight-southern-California-Houston.html

Stranded off-roaders rescued –   http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2015/01/25/dsc-search-and-rescue-assists-stranded-couple-on-upper-bear-valley-road/#.VMrekv5QMsM

Urban – 

Missing dementia and Alzheimer’s patients –  

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Survival Weekly – 1/14/15…

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Welcome to another edition of Survival Weekly, where the real wilderness survival “reality show” plays out everyday, in the wild places around our world. These unscripted stories will give you insight to the true threats and challenges you may face in your outdoor pursuits. So sit back, relax, and read on to get a dose of reality to sharpen your most valuable survival tool. – BPO

Featured – 

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

News – 

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

Winter Sports – 

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

Hiking – 

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

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

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

Hunter-gatherer – 

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

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

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Climbing – 

SAR Team caught in avalanche during rescue – 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Water Safety – 

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

Vehicles – 

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

Urban – 

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Survival Weekly – 1/7/2015…

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Welcome to another edition of Survival Weekly, where the real wilderness survival “reality show” plays out everyday, in the wild places around our world. These unscripted stories will give you insight to the true threats and challenges you may face in your outdoor pursuits. So sit back, relax, and read on to get a dose of reality to sharpen your most valuable survival tool. – BPO

Featured – 

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

News – 

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

Winter Sports – 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hiking – 

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

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

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

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

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

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Hunter-gatherer – 

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

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

Climbing – 

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

Water Safety – 

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

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

Vehicles – 

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

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

Urban – 

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

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

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Survival Weekly – 12/30/14…

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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 – 

Frostbite, punctured lung, and a wolverine battle – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2889210/Miracle-survival-Alaskan-man-spent-three-days-sub-zero-wilderness-snowmobile-sank-fight-wolverine-stick.html

Lost, broken wrist, hypothermia.. the 101 trifecta –  http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20141222/hiker-rescued-above-sierra-madre

News – 

Students make drone attachment –http://3dprint.com/32642/student-search-and-rescue/

New Hampshire “Hike Safe” 2015 cards now available online – http://www.pressherald.com/2014/12/27/n-h-offers-hike-safe-cards-to-shield-hikers-from-rescue-costs/

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Winter Sports – 

Skier and snowboarder spent night out in Telluride backcountry – http://www.nbc11news.com/home/headlines/Lost-skier-and-snowboarder-rescued-after-overnight-in-Bear-Creek-286887211.html

Body of snowshoer recovered – http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Search-mission-at-Mount-Rainier-Paradise-closed-287027711.html

Snowmobiler rescued from avalanche – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/snowmobiler-rescued-after-avalanche-near-whistler-1.2883968

Skier spends cold night out – http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/12/24/skier-found-safe-after-night-mountain/v5Hk1giEo5vaPKiw6vW8II/story.html

Hiking – 

Hiker rescued after week in shelter – http://www.mrtimes.com/news/missing-maple-ridge-hiker-rescued-from-golden-ears-mountain-after-a-week-1.1693776
Olympic National Park (WA)
Major Search In Progress For Missing Day Hiker

Yesterday marked the fifth day of an ongoing interagency search for a 60-year-old Port Angeles man who failed to return from a day hike he took in the park last Monday.

Searchers from the park, Olympic Mountain Rescue, Tacoma Mountain Rescue, Clallam County SAR, Jefferson County SAR, and two dog teams from German Shepherd’s Search Dogs continued to search the Olympic Hot Springs area over the weekend.

Jim Griffin, who frequently hikes the two-and-a-half-mile trail to the hot springs, went for a day hike there on Monday, December 22nd. On Wednesday, December 24th, around 10:00 p.m., friends reported Griffin overdue when he did not show up for Christmas Eve dinner.

Three NPS searchers began the search that evening and continued through the night. On Christmas Day, two two-person teams searched for Griffin. Several friends of Griffins, including the reporting party, assisted in the efforts on both Thursday and Friday.

On the afternoon of Christmas Day, Griffin’s day pack was located 50 feet off trail about a half mile from the trailhead. On Friday, eight search groups, including three dog teams, searched until dark. The park also attempted to use Griffin’s dog in the search, but the dog was not able to indicate where Griffin might be.

On Saturday, 21 searchers and two dogs resumed the effort to find him. The search teams completed a grid search within 500 feet of the location where Griffin’s day pack was found. They covered the entire search area in a grid pattern about ten feet apart, but no clues were found.

Park incident team members spoke to a couple on Saturday who had a conversation with Griffin at the hot springs. They believe he left the springs around 4:00 p.m. on Monday, which would mean he hiked back in the dark.

On Sunday, three teams were in the field and were joined by a group of Griffins’ friends. No sign of him was found. The search will be suspended today, but the investigation will continue.

Anyone who was at the Olympic Hot Springs, on the trail, or at the parking lot last Monday is asked to contact park dispatch at 360-565-3115. Even the smallest piece of information might help in the search.

Rock slide kills hiker – http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Rock+slide+kills+girl+mountain+near+Lions/10674236/story.html

Hunter-gatherer – 

Fishermen rescued – https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/25856769/fishermen-rescued-off-dunsborough/

Coast Guard rescues fishermen – http://www.abcnews4.com/story/27699466/coast-guard-involved-in-rescue-near-mcclellanville

Climbing – 

Injured climber rescued – http://business.scoop.co.nz/2014/12/24/helicopter-rescue-from-summit-of-mt-ngauruhoe/

Water Safety – 

Teen swimmer missing – http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/search-underway-teen-missing-90-mile-beach-6212201

Jetskier rescued after night out – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/aap/article-2887073/Jetskier-missing-Victoria-NSW-border.html

Six rescued from rip tides – http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/64482618/six-rescued-from-bay-of-plenty-rips

Lake Superior swimmer fatality – http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_27198378/1-dead-1-missing-lake-superior-at-bluefin

Vehicles – 

Wreckage and bodies of Airasia flight found – http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/12/30/missing-airasia-jet/21037899/

Two snowmobilers recovered from icy lake – http://ravallirepublic.com/missoula/news/local/article_724fcb82-9038-5ba4-9149-f767efda9ada.html

Vehicle located at bottom of lake – http://www.jrn.com/kgun9/news/Search-and-rescue-units-looking-for-car-at-bottom-of-lake-in-Lakeside-Park-286972451.html

Small plane crash – http://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/local/2014/12/24/kimball-firefighters-search-missing-plane/20876585/

Missing ATV rider found – http://www.parkrecord.com/summit_county-news/ci_27196602/sar-deployed-twice-over-weekend

Urban – 

Missing four year old found by search dog – http://myfox8.com/2014/12/26/davidson-county-woman-dog-help-find-body-of-missing-south-carolina-boy/

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

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Survival Weekly – 12/22/14…

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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 – 

Got survival gear in your rig? Wrong turn leads to 10 day ordeal – http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/12/22/australia_family_stranded_in_the_wilderness_for_10_days_after_taking_a_wrong_turn.html

News – 

Officials seek $10.000 from rescued hiker – https://bangordailynews.com/2014/12/19/outdoors/baxter-state-park-officials-seek-10000-from-hiker-to-pay-for-search/

SAR exercise coordinator fined for failure to obtain permit – http://www.durangoherald.com/article/20141216/NEWS01/141219666/Probation-fine-for-ski-area-operator-

Winter Sports – 

Father and daughter spend night in snow cave (two videos) –   http://globalnews.ca/news/1738628/father-and-daughter-rescued-from-whistler-mountain/

Hiking – 

Injured hiker rescued – http://koin.com/2014/12/14/injured-hiker-59-rescued-near-wahkeena-falls/

Hikers rescued – http://www.voxy.co.nz/national/search-and-rescue-incident-cape-brett/5/210820

Lost hiker rescued – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11377318

Search suspended for missing hiker – http://www.oregonlive.com/milwaukie/index.ssf/2014/12/post_41.html

Hunter-gatherer – 

Body of missing fisherman found – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11377580

Hunting dogs rescued from gorge – http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-mid-wales-30481711

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Climbing – 

Buffalo NR – AR
Injured Climber Rescued In Difficult Nighttime Operation

On the afternoon of November 30th, BUFFSAR, the park’s search and rescue team, was activated for a high angle search and rescue mission involving a fall in the Ponca Wilderness near the Hemmed-in-Hollow Falls area.

Camron McLaughlan, 21, of Ozark, Missouri, was free climbing a vertical cliff when he fell from near the top of the approximately 150-foot-high bluff onto a ledge. He fell approximately 25 feet and landed on a ledge that was the size of a large round dining table. His companion ran up the very steep trail to a point where he had cell phone coverage and called for help.

ICS was immediately put in place, with Ranger Melissa Moses as the incident commander. Members of BUFFSAR were split into squads and positioned themselves above and below McLaughlan. The high angle squad traversed the rim of the canyon along a game trail that mirrors the ledge of the 209-foot-high waterfall. District Ranger Jason Flood rappelled down to him to begin initial treatment while the squad set up the lowering system.

As the litter reached the victim, litter attendant Logan Tucker had to wedge himself against the cliff face, as the ledge was too small for an additional person. Due to the height of the cliff, additional rope was added to the lowering system using a fisherman’s knot. After packaging McLaughlan, the litter was lowered in a horizontal position approximately 130 feet to a larger ledge and was then converted to a vertical position and lowered the remaining 150 feet through an extremely steep and heavily vegetated slope to the bottom of the bluff.

The litter squad took over the operation from there and began the carryout portion of the SAR. The terrain was extremely steep, with the litter team traversing over two-and-a-half miles of trail with a 1500 foot gain in elevation. Low angle belay systems were utilized on several occasions due to the steepness of the terrain. BUFFSAR brought McLaughlan to the trailhead at approximately 3 a.m. The waiting ambulance took him to North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison for initial treatment.

Within a matter of a few hours, the weather turned very quickly from a high of 73°F to 33°F, with a wind chill factor of 17°F, and it began sleeting.

This rescue, which occurred entirely at night and with rapidly deteriorating weather, was one of the most technically complex rescues in Buffalo National River’s history and serves as an excellent example of interagency teamwork.

In addition to the Buffalo National River protection rangers and BUFFSAR volunteers, groups participating in this operation included Alpena VFD, Arkansas Forestry Commission, Boone County Sherriff’s Office, Carroll County Sherriff’s Office Rescue Team, Compton VFD, Harrison Fire Department, Mennonite Disaster Services, National Park Service Fire Module, Newton County Sherriff’s Office, North Ark Regional Medical Center Ambulance, Tri-County Search and Rescue, and the Steel Creek Campground Hosts. In all, about 60 people were involved in the operation. Hot food and beverages were provided by the Red Cross to the members of the rescue party, who were more than ready after a major exertion and a 30-degree temperature drop.

Water Safety – 

Coast Guard searches for missing crew member –  http://www.guampdn.com/article/20141222/NEWS01/312220003/Search-ship-s-missing-crew-member-continues

Search continues for missing boy – http://westhawaiitoday.com/community-bulletin/search-continues-boy-missing-hapuna

Fisherman and Coast Guard rescue boaters – http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/27625514/coast-guard-rescues-four-people-from-boat-in-murrells-inlet

Vehicles – 

Missing snowmobiler rescued – http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/rescuers-find-missing-snowmobiler-in-gallatin-canyon/article_c6fa069c-8715-11e4-8da0-f7e06464238e.html

Two snowmobilers rescued –  http://www.chaffeecountytimes.com/free_content/article_ba752b18-87d8-11e4-9120-2fa4d7bf9e65.html

Early morning river rescue – http://lostcoastoutpost.com/2014/dec/18/river-rescue/

Stranded teens rescued – http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2014/12/18/cmm-search-rescue-team-locates-stranded-teens-on-cedar-mountain-in-early-morning-hours/#.VJg2GV6gAHA

Drinking + ATV’s + Icy River = Bad News – http://www.adn.com/article/20141215/village-travelers-feared-lost-under-river-ice-had-been-drinking-troopers-say

Snowmobiler breaks through ice and is rescued – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/tuktoyaktuk-man-rescued-after-fall-through-ice-on-snowmobile-1.2874047

Urban – 

Search for missing man – http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/64349258/search-for-missing-christchurch-tradie-fruitless

Search suspended for missing man – http://www.kob.com/article/stories/s3654122.shtml

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

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Survival Weekly – 12/9/2014…

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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 – 

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

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

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

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

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

– Thanks to Jeff for the heads up on the story

News – 

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

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

Winter Sports – 

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

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

Hiking – 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hunter-gatherer – 

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

Climbing – 

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

Water Safety – 

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

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

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

Vehicles – 

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

Urban – 

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

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

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