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Survival Weekly – 6/22/15


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 –


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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Source: http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/rescue_teams_called_to_airlift_patient_from_river_bure_and_help_boats_stuck_on_breydon_water_1_4120475

Survival Weekly – 5/29/15…

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

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

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

Featured – 

Ham operator rescued from mountain top –   http://www.skyhidailynews.com/news/16411066-113/grand-county-search-and-rescue-plucks-radio-operator

News – 

Tracking equipment aids urban searches – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wairarapa-times-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503414&objectid=11452224

The cost of doing business – http://www.skyhidailynews.com/news/16514082-113/search-and-rescue-card-is-a-good-investment

Drones aid in flood searches – http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/wp/2015/05/29/drone-operators-assist-search-and-rescue-efforts-after-devastating-floods-in-texas/

Water Safety – 

SAR team describes body recovery operations   https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2015/05/19/kss-to-search-and-serve-diver-describes-quail-creek-body-recovery-mission/#.VWkS8M-6fIU

Seamen missing –http://www.therakyatpost.com/news/2015/05/21/search-and-rescue-called-off-for-missing-seamen-from-barge/

SAR for missing diver http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/may/24/rescuers-search-diver-failed-resurface-swanage-dorset

 SAR for missing diver called off– http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/rescue-teams-call-search-diver-5758886


Image: http://missoulian.com/news/local/search-and-rescue-finds-man-lost-north-of-whitefish/article_4681e024-ce99-56a2-a7ef-3dcc255b7762.html

Hiking – 

Smoke signal leads to rescue – http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/local/search-and-rescue-finds-lost-hikers-near-mount-aix/article_a424d7b8-026d-11e5-81e3-b3dbf1543100.html

Yellowstone National Park (ID,MT,WY)
Rangers Rescue Man After Fall Into Canyon

Rangers saved a man from New York after he fell approximately 25 feet into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone on Sunday, May 10th.

Shortly before 5:30 p.m., a 71-year-old man was attempting to take a picture of a sign at Grand View at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone when he stumbled backwards over a stone barrier and into the canyon.  After falling approximately 25 feet, he was able to stop himself at the top of a precipice by bracing his body and feet on opposing sides of a small crevice.  A visitor who witnessed the man’s fall ran to a nearby parking lot to call 911.

The first two rangers on scene threw a looped rope down to the man and secured him to a sign and tree at the top of the canyon. Park employees and members of the park’s technical rescue team responded to the scene and set up a system of ropes and pulleys to carry out the rescue.  One harnessed member of the technical rescue team descended to the man’s location and secured him to the pulley system.  The man was then able to walk to safety with assistance from the ropes, pulleys, and ranger.

According to staff on scene, the man was extremely lucky.  The crevice and the angle of his body during the fall helped the man stop at the top of a 200 foot drop.  A fall just inches to the left might have resulted in a fatality, as the canyon wall is mostly steep loose rock.

The man was transported by ground ambulance to a helicopter ambulance for a possible hip injury.  Seventeen Park Service staff assisted with this rescue.

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

Hunter-gatherer – 

Missing bear hunters rescued http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/missing-grizzly-hunters-located-alive-near-mackenzie-b-c-1.3087849

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (PA)
Fisherman Rescued From Delaware River

On the morning of Thursday, May 7th, park dispatch received a report from several fisherman of a man yelling for help on an overturned kayak across from Eshback.

Rangers patrolling the New Jersey section of the park were on scene within minutes of the initial report. They found that a 78-year-old New Jersey man had overturned his anchored kayak while fishing, that he’d been in the water for approximately 30 minutes prior to the initial report, and that he was wearing a lifejacket that was not properly fitted. The water temperature at the time was 59 degrees.

Within five to ten minutes of locating the man, he began to complain of shaking uncontrollably, had difficulty answering basic questions, and said that he couldn’t hold on much longer.  Due his distance from shore, the rangers could not reach him with a throw bag. With the rescue vessel still 15 to 20 minutes out, it was decided that the rangers would enter the water to attempt a rescue.

Two rangers wearing properly fitting PFDs entered the river and were secured by several throw bags. They swam half way across the river, reached the man, and cut the anchor line to his kayak. Two rangers on the shoreline then pulled all three to safety.

A waiting ambulance took the man to a local hospital, where he was treated for hypothermia. He was released from the hospital later that day.

Climbing – 

Climbing fatality – http://fox13now.com/2015/05/21/man-seriously-injured-after-falling-50-100-feet-search-and-rescue-responding/

Inter-agency training ops – http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/2015/05/23/military-rescuers-ready-to-help-if-trouble-hits-on-mt-rainier/27839593/

Climber rescued – http://www.kvoa.com/story/29151615/windy-point-rock-climber-rescued-after-falling-over-40-feet

Vehicles – 

 Grand Canyon National Park (AZ)
Airplane Wreckage Found Near Emerald Canyon

Members of a private boating trip reported the wreckage of an airplane to park rangers at Diamond Creek on May 20th. The boaters informed the rangers that they found the plane with human remains inside during a hike near Emerald Canyon.

Inclement weather prevented rangers from responding to the scene via helicopter until this past Sunday. They first recovered the remains, which await identification from the Coconino County medical examiner, then packaged the plane in a sling load and recovered it using a long line.

The wreckage matches the description of an airplane that disappeared in 2011. That plane, a red RV6 homebuilt experimental aircraft, was last seen at Grand Canyon Airport around 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 11, 2011. The NPS used both an airplane and a helicopter in search efforts at that time, covering 2,000 air miles over a 600-square-mile search area.  Civil Air Patrol’s Nevada Wing, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center assisted in that search. Search activities continued on a limited basis after April 1, 2011.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident.

ATV riders rescued – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/chilliwack-sar-rescues-2-atv-riders-1.3085022

More ATV riders rescued http://www.newsminer.com/news/alaska_news/search-and-rescue-operation-finds-overdue-atv-riders/article_6e02d724-028c-11e5-ba79-936a5d928ec2.html

Off-roader rescued – http://missoulian.com/news/local/search-and-rescue-finds-man-lost-north-of-whitefish/article_4681e024-ce99-56a2-a7ef-3dcc255b7762.html

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Survival Weekly – 2/17/15…


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

Featured – 

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


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…


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 – 1/7/2015…


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


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/

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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/


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/

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Survival Weekly – 12/22/14…


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

Featured – 

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


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

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Survival Weekly – 11/5/14…


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

Featured –

Hunting season is here. Itineraries, skills, and the proper gear are a good plan.

Seven days, six nights, unprepared hunter rescued – http://www.krcrtv.com/news/local/hunter-pilot-share-daring-search-and-rescue-story/29424548

News –

Cody Lundin speaks out about “Survival TV” –https://tv.yahoo.com/news/special-report-dangerous-side-survival-tv-205000449.html

Australia picks new SAR contractor –http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/2014-10-28/australia-chooses-cobham-future-search-and-rescue

Hunter/Gatherer – 

Lost hunter found – http://tdn.com/news/local/search-crew-locates-lost-vancouver-hunter-near-kalama-horse-camp/article_d4f90ada-645c-11e4-a584-27739f19c2b8.html

Elk hunters rescued – http://www.columbian.com/news/2014/nov/03/mount-st-helens-rescue-toutle-stranded-hunters/

Injured hunter rescued –  http://www.durangoherald.com/article/20141101/NEWS01/141109966//article/20141101/NEWS01/141109966/Rescue-underway-for-man-on-Missionary-Ridge-

Crew of fishing vessel rescued – http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/fisherman-found-dead-2-missing-4554434

Fishermen rescued – http://www.kolotv.com/home/headlines/Two-Fisherman-Rescued-From-Pyramid-Lake-281196281.html

Missing teen hunter found – http://www.kvewtv.com/article/2014/oct/28/lost-14-year-old-hunter-found/

Missing mushroom hunter found – http://www.kptv.com/story/27020244/search-and-rescue-finds-missing-mushroom-picker-still-looking-for-two-lost-hikers

Hiking –

Golden Gate National Recreation Area (CA)
Woman Killed In Fall From Coastal Trail

Park Police officers, park lifeguards and San Francisco Fire Department personnel responded to a report of two people stuck on the rocks near Painted Rock on the Coastal Trail on Thursday, October 30th.

A man was found on the rocks about 150 to 200 feet below the trail; there was a woman below him, but she was not immediately visible.

Park lifeguards swam to a spot below and found the woman’s body on the beach there. Lifeguards and firefighters swam her body out to a waiting fireboat. Meanwhile, firefighters set up a long-haul rope system and brought the man back up to the Coastal Trail.

Park Police detectives took a statement from the man and then transported him to his residence. The woman’s body was taken to the San Francisco Medical Examiners’ Office.

The man and woman had hiked into a closed area that was posted with a sign stating that the area was dangerous and that people had fallen from that location, a fall of approximately 300 feet. The woman fell to her death; the man became stranded while trying to reach her. The case remains under investigation.

Father and son rescued from side of Mt. Saint Helens –  http://mynorthwest.com/11/2637245/Father-son-rescued-by-helicopter-near-Mount-St-Helens

Injured hiker rescued –   http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2014/10/27/12news-crews-rescue-injured-hiker-on-mount-elden/18030867/

Multiple rescues in the Adirondacks – http://www.syracuse.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2014/10/the_latest_dec_forest_ranger_search_and_rescue_missions_in_the_adirondacks.html

Water Safety –

Coast Guard rescues sailor – http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/11/04/3953280_man-rescued-from-bellingham-bay.html?rh=1

Coast Guard suspends search for missing boaters – http://www.wmtw.com/news/coast-guard-2-missing-1-rescued-after-boat-sinks/29482498

Late night rescue of sailors – http://www.nbc-2.com/story/27183730/deputies-respond-to-early-morning-water-rescue#.VFra3vlpf58

Climbing –

Vehicles –

Injured horserider rescued – http://www.wbir.com/story/news/local/2014/10/27/park-volunteer-rescued-from-smoky-mountains/18029789/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=wbir/local-news

Urban –

Missing girl found –http://www.abqjournal.com/489595/news/search-continues-for-girl-10-missing-from-rio-rancho.html

Search continues for autistic child –http://www.news4jax.com/news/search-resumes/29355280


Survival Weekly – 10/20/14…


Featured – 

This is textbook “Survival 101” material. Family gets lost and forced to spend night out in frigid conditions – http://www.wbir.com/story/news/local/2014/10/19/rangers-help-lost-family-off-mt-leconte/17551633/

and click here if you want to prepare for the same  – http://www.bigpigoutdoors.net/survival-101-1.html

News – 

Three rescue divers receive advanced training in my home county. Congrats Brian!! –   http://www.thedailytimes.com/news/three-blount-rescue-divers-receive-advanced-certification/article_5c67c219-3d2b-5b8c-897b-f4380d3f0973.html

Hiking – 

Teen hiker falls to death – http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58533131-78/amp-canyon-cottonwood-hoyal.html.csp

Ongoing rescue for hikers stranded in avalanche – http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/nepal-avalanche-survivors-could-wait-days-for-rescue-on-isolated-mountains-1.2054428

Hunter/Gatherer – 

Missing hunter found – http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/10/16/3431585/missing-boise-hunter-found-alive.html?sp=/99/101/

Search continues for missing fisherman – http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/search-resumes-for-second-missing-fisherman-2014101606

Teen hunter survives the night with survival kit – http://www.9news.com/story/news/local/2014/10/20/lost-teen-wilderness/17604079/

Climbing – 

Zion National Park (UT)
Rangers Conduct Two Simultaneous Rescues

Over a span of ten minutes on the afternoon of October 10th, the park received reports of two visitors requiring evacuation by means of technical rope rescues from two separate locations.

A 35-year-old canyoneer in Pine Creek Canyon had jumped five feet into a pool of water.  He thought that the pool was deep enough to cushion his landing, but landed on a ledge hidden just below the surface.  He broke his fibula and was unable to bear any weight on his injured leg.

Ranger/Medic Matthew Chuvarsky rappelled through the canyoneering route to the man’s location.  The Canyon Overlook Trail follows the rim of Pine Creek Canyon; rangers set up a lowering system to lower a litter and attendant from the trail to the man’s location, then raised him and two attendants 350 feet back to the trail.

The second injury occurred in Hidden Canyon, where a 51-year-old woman jumped a short distance while she was down climbing an obstacle. She also suffered from a broken fibula.

Evacuation of a victim from Hidden Canyon requires the construction of a 400-foot-high line to bypass a section of the trail carved into a cliff face. Ranger/Medic Matthew McCarthy hiked to the woman’s location and explained the challenges of a litter evacuation to her. She decided to attempt to hobble out of the canyon with assistance from crutches and rangers and was able to complete the task.  A litter team met her just past the cliff face and carried her to the trailhead.

Twenty-five SAR team members assisted during the two incidents.  Jumping, as opposed to using a rope or down climbing, is the leading cause of preventable injuries in the Zion Wilderness.

Woman rescued after fall from cliff – http://www.vocm.com/newsarticle.asp?mn=2&ID=50127

Water Safety – 

Vehicles – 

Injured mountain biker rescued – http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/local/x782601564/Mountain-biker-rescued-after-crash-near-Kernville

Injured cyclist rescued – http://www.todmordennews.co.uk/news/local/team-carry-out-mission-to-rescue-cyclist-1-6901998

Urban – 

Woman rescued from chimney – http://twitchy.com/2014/10/19/woman-rescued-from-a-chimney-in-california-sleigh-eight-tiny-reindeer-still-at-large-photos/

Missing dementia sufferer rescued – https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/islands/inner-hebrides/374865/missing-man-found-after-night-in-the-wild/

Survival Weekly – 10/6/14…


Featured – 

Five days, five rescues – http://www.lohud.com/story/news/politics/politics-on-the-hudson/2014/10/06/five-days-five-rescues-in-the-adirondacks/16822713/

Man in inflatable bubble  rescued by Coast Guard –  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-hydro-bubble-rescue-20141004-story.html

Hiking – 

Grand Canyon National Park (AZ)
Rangers Deal With Multiple Same Day Incidents

Rangers and flight crews were kept busy on Wednesday, September 24th, as seven people were evacuated from the canyon via helicopter in seven separate incidents:

  • A 53-year-old woman on a private river trip with cardiac problems was evacuated from the National Canyon area.
  • A 69-year-old woman on a commercial river trip who’d suffered a femur fracture was short-hauled via helicopter from Havasu Creek to a landing zone near the Colorado River for evacuation to the South Rim.
  • A 33-year-old man from a private river trip was evacuated from the mouth of Havasu Creek after suffering a serious laceration in the groin area.
  • A 43-year-old female backpacker with an acute abdomen (appendicitis) was evacuated from Phantom Ranch.
  • A 29-year-old man with cardiac issues was extracted from the North Rim developed area.
  • A 52-year-old male backpacker with a leg injury was evacuated from the Nankoweap area.
  • A 51-year-old woman on a commercial river trip with a knee injury was evacuated from the Nankoweap area.

In addition to the medevacs, there were several other incidents, including:

  • a flipped and stuck raft below Crystal Rapids that necessitated four rangers and two sling loads of equipment flown in to begin a two-day recovery operation;
  • a warrant/intoxication arrest in the South Rim developed area;
  • an intoxicated and possibly suicidal person approximately a mile and a half down the Bright Angel Trail; and
  • a hyponatremic 65-year-old woman treated and transported via NPS ambulance from the South Rim after attempting to hike rim to rim in a day.

Rangers Abby Confer and Peter Maggio served as the incident commanders for the majority of these incidents.

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (CA)
Search In Progress For Missing Hikers

A search is underway in and around the Cedar Grove area for Rommel and Marisol Pompa, who failed to return from their backpacking trip as scheduled on Monday, October 29th. They planned to hike the Rae Lakes Loop, departing from Cedar Grove on the Woods Creek trail and returning via the Bubbs Creek trail.

In addition to teams on foot, searchers are using the park helicopter and horse patrols. There were 15 searchers hiking trails within the search area and interviewing other hikers yesterday.

The 32-year-old Rommel Pompa is described as 6 feet tall and weighing 160 pounds, with short, light brown hair and brown eyes. Marisol Pompa is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 140 pounds, and has shoulder length brown hair and brown eyes.

Any hikers who may have seen or come in contact with either or both of them should call the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Incident Command Post at 559-565-3341 or 888-677-2746.

Couple found – http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Couple-missing-after-Sierra-backpacking-trip-5794465.php

Zion National Park (UT)
Storm Causes Significant Flooding; Hiker Dies In Narrows

On September 27th, 1.9 inches of rain fell on Zion National Park, including 1.27 inches which fell over a three hour period beginning at 10:30 a.m. The North Fork of the Virgin River rose from a flow of 52 cubic feet per second (cfs) at 10 a.m. to a peak of over 4000 cfs at 1 p.m. The associated flooding forced the closure of the Zion Mount Carmel Highway (Route 9) as well as the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive from late morning through late afternoon.

On the morning of the 27th, the National Weather Service forecast indicated a 90% chance of rain in Zion Canyon, with heavy rain possible. The flash flood potential rating was at the highest level of concern, and many slot canyons were expected to experience flash flooding.

Two men from California drove up Zion Canyon instead of using the required shuttle bus and began hiking upstream from the Temple of Sinawava Trailhead at 8 a.m.  Rain started to fall on the pair while they were in the Zion Narrows, but they continued a short distance up the canyon.  They eventually turned around due to concern with the weather, but were trapped by the rising river on separate river benches 200 feet apart about a quarter mile north of the end of the paved Riverside Walk.

Both men were on high ground and safe from the swollen river and waited for most of the day for the flood waters to drop. They were able to see each other but were unable to communicate due to the noise of the river.  Late in the afternoon, the downstream hiker believed that he could not survive the night because of hypothermia and decided to risk swimming the river, which was still flowing at a rate of about 1000 cfs.  He made it to safety and reported to rangers that his companion was safe and on high ground.

Due to the continued high flows, it was impossible for rangers to check on the condition of the stranded hiker. Early on the morning of September 28th, rangers learned that the reporting party had hiked back into the Narrows to the point where he had last seen his companion but was not able to locate him.

A large search team was mobilized and the team located the body of the missing hiker at 2 p.m. on the bank of the river near the Riverside Walk about a mile downstream from the point where he was last seen.

Missing camper found – http://www.arkansasmatters.com/story/d/story/missing-girl-found-alive-at-buffalo-national-river/40259/-IXnnRH7M0O_N4l-oWKX6A

Lost hiker found – http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/32232615-75/search-and-rescue-volunteers-locate-lost-hiker-in-3-sisters-wilderness.html.csp

Lost hikers rescued – http://www.pressrepublican.com/news/local_news/article_adeef51a-727c-5b97-8eca-c9c0c3a37aba.html

Injured hiker rescued –  http://www.kelownanow.com/news/news/Local_News/14/10/04/Search_and_Rescue_Helps_Injured_Kelowna_Hiker

Missing hikers rescued – http://www.kbzk.com/news/search-and-rescue-kept-busy-sunday-with-rollover-crash-and-missing-hikers/

Search expands for missing Alzheimer’s camper –  http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/california/Search-Expands-for-Woman-Missing-From-Julian-Campground-278282771.html

Climbing – No stories this week

Hunter/Gatherer – 

Missing hunter found – http://www.cachevalleydaily.com/news/local/article_5576099e-4a57-11e4-a4fb-0017a43b2370.html

Fishermen rescued – http://www.islandpacket.com/2014/10/05/3354614/3-men-rescued-after-motor-dies.html

Water safety – 

Crews search for missing diver – http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Search-Resumes-for-Missing-Diver-Off-Catalina-277758581.html

Teams search for boy swept into ocean – http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/10566811/Child-swept-to-sea-at-Mount-Maunganui

Good samaritans rescue boating party – http://www.katc.com/news/coast-guard-good-samaritans-rescue-5-from-overturned-boat-near-aransas-pass/

Vehicles – 

Marine killed in Osprey crash – http://timesofsandiego.com/military/2014/10/01/search-rescue-underway-missing-san-diego-airman-arabian-gulf/

Helicopter crash – http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_26665376/mesa-county-sheriffs-office-responds-helicopter-crash-near

Urban – 

SAR teams mobilize for missing girl report – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/abbotsford-search-girl-carried-into-bushes-says-witness-1.2783433

USAR responds to stuck window washers –  http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Window-Washer-Rescue-Irvine-Office-Building-277770952.html

Missing women found – http://www.kusi.com/story/26701851/search-and-rescue-activated-for-missing-woman