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Survival Weekly – 10/15/15…

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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 – 

Missing hunter rescued after week ordeal –http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/11927894/Hunter-lost-in-Australian-wilderness-for-six-days-ate-ants-to-survive.html

Two students found after month long search – http://english.astroawani.com/malaysia-news/two-orang-asli-students-found-alive-after-month-75844

News – 

“Save Dave” Campaign launched – http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/business/72957642/Campaign-launched-for-embattled-Kaikoura-rescue-pilot-Dave-Armstrong

Transforming SAR drones – http://www.businessinsider.com.au/harvard-robobee-now-has-ability-to-swim-underwater-2015-10

Family to be billed for rescue – http://www.telegram.com/article/20151013/NEWS/151019719

Water Safety – 

SAR for missing boater – http://www.nebraska.tv/story/30236302/rescue-teams-search-for-missing-boater-after-4-go-into-reservoir

Hiking – 

Missing boys found – http://www.wkyt.com/wymt/home/headlines/Children-missing-in-Red-River-Gorge-found-alive-331705831.html

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

Hunter-gatherer – 

Mushroom hunter rescued – http://www.kimatv.com/news/local/332489952.html

Missing hunter found – http://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/article.aspx?id=214131&fm=newsmain%2Cnarts

Injured hunter rescued – http://www.pentictonwesternnews.com/news/332099892.html

Fatal hunting accident – http://news.hjnews.com/allaccess/update-local-boy-dies-in-saturday-hunting-accident/article_14559e82-82b4-5990-92ad-e8118a4eb447.html

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Climbing – 

Canyoneering Fatality in Not Imlay Canyon in Zion National Park

Springdale, Utah: On Friday, October 2, at approximately 1:00 p.m., Zion National Park was alerted to a canyoneering accident in Not Imlay Canyon. A rescue operation was started immediately. A helicopter was used to drop off a Search and Rescue team at the top of the canyon. At 7:20 p.m., Park Rangers found the individual, Christian Louis Johnson, deceased. Johnson, 50, is from Saint George, Utah.

Not Imlay Canyon is a side canyon of Imlay Canyon. It has become increasingly popular in recent years as a shorter, drier route compared to Imlay Canyon but it is not any less technical or dangerous.

Johnson was canyoneering with a party of four, including his husband Everett Boutillet. The two had been canyoneering together since 2010 and had “descended more than 100 canyons 200 times in five states” according to Boutillet. This was the couple’s second time in Not Imlay Canyon. The accident occurred on the first rappel in the canyon.

“Zion was our favorite park. Our favorite place to be. Our first canyon was the ‘Subway’ and we were instantly addicted,” said Boutillet. “Louis and I understood the risks, but the joy that it brought outweighed them.” Johnson’s mother, Joy Johnson, added “Nature gave him so much peace.”

“We also want to share our gratitude for those that went out to him and brought him back and to the personnel for keeping us informed,” said Joy Johnson. “Also our gratitude to his canyoneering family, who have sent Louis and Everett well wishes from all around the world.”

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Zion National Park are investigating the incident. More information will become available once the investigation is complete.

“Our condolences go out to Louis’ family and friends,” said Zion National Park Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh.

Fatality On Longs Peak Recovery Efforts Complete

At 10:30 p.m. Friday night, October 2, Rocky Mountain National Park rangers were notified that Spencer Veysey, 26, of Missoula, Montana was overdue. He had been planning to summit Longs Peak. It was unclear what route he was intending to take to the summit.

After he failed to return by Saturday morning, park rangers searched areas of the Keyhole Route as well as near Chasm Lake. Rangers experienced icy conditions during search efforts.  Late Saturday afternoon, park rangers found Veysey’s body at the bottom of Lambs Slide on the east face of Longs Peak.  Rangers stayed at the Chasm Shelter, near his body last night.

This morning rangers prepared his body for transport.  His body was flown from the scene to a landing spot at Upper Beaver Meadows at approximately 11:30 a.m. and transferred to the Boulder County Coroner. Rangers are hiking out to the Longs Peak Trailhead.

Climber rescued – http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2015/10/02/salem-climber-saved-north-sister-daring-rescue/73241178/

Vehicles – 

Pilot rescued – http://www.news.com.au/national/western-australia/light-plane-crash-in-was-gascoyne-emergency-crews-en-route/story-fnii5thn-1227555478407

Maritime search – https://caymannewsservice.com/2015/10/police-search-and-rescue-underway-off-north-coast/

Helicopter pilot rescued – http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/14/asia/indonesia-lake-helicopter-crash-survivor/index.html

Mountain biker rescued – http://democratherald.com/news/local/lcso-search-and-rescue-assist-injured-mountain-cyclist/article_fc01eb82-e6c6-574f-bf89-bdf584131798.html

 

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Survival Weekly – 10/1/15..

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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 – 

Tough hunter breaks legs and crawls for days to safety – http://www.outdoorhub.com/news/2015/09/28/idaho-bowhunter-breaks-leg-wilderness-crawls-days-survive/

Drone video of hikers washed away in flash flood – http://indefinitelywild.gizmodo.com/drone-captures-hikers-near-death-in-maui-flash-flood-1728547250

News – 

New technology aimed at increasing effectiveness of search and rescue canines – http://news.hjnews.com/allaccess/logan-man-finalist-in-verizon-innovation-competition/article_e75bfd3e-6450-5dc6-b787-f82a23bc9a98.html

Record year for SAR team – http://www.theprovince.com/news/search+crews+breaking+point+after+record+year+rescue/11402859/story.html

Busy month for Coconino County SAR – http://azdailysun.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/ccso-has-search-and-rescue-calls-in-days/article_c455ef95-e887-54eb-b810-78581b083a2e.html

Hiking – 

WEST GLACIER, MONT. – A hiker was injured by a grizzly bear on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at approximately 5 pm in Glacier National Park. His injuries were not life threatening.

The 65-year male hiker from Wisconsin was hiking alone off- trail near Mt. Henkel in the Many Glacier Valley, where he surprised a sow grizzly with two sub-adult cubs. The hiker was grabbed and shaken by the bear during the encounter. The man successfully deployed his bear spray, causing the bear to release him and leave the area. The hiker received puncture wounds to his lower leg and injuries to his hand.

The man hiked back to his vehicle in Many Glacier and drove himself to the emergency room at the Northern Rockies Medical Center in Cutbank, Montana. He was treated and released later the evening of September 29, and continued on with his travel itinerary. He called Glacier National Park Dispatch to report the incident. Rangers are still investigating the incident.

According to park rangers, the bear’s response to the hiker was defensive in nature and consistent with a surprise encounter with a hiker.

Visitors to Glacier National Park are reminded that the park is home to black and grizzly bears. Bears spend a lot of time eating, so avoid hiking in obvious feeding areas like berry patches, cow parsnip thickets, or fields of glacier lilies. Hikers are highly encouraged to hike in groups, make noise when hiking, and have bear spray accessible and know how to use it. For more information about recreating in bear country, please visithttp://www.nps.gov/glac/naturescience/bears.htm.

At this time of year, bears are entering a phase called hyperphagia. It is a period of concentrated feeding to prepare for hibernation. There has been a shortage of berries in many areas of the park this year, leading to the potential for increased bear activity in visitor use areas. Thus it is especially important that visitors keep campgrounds and developed areas clean and free of food and trash. Regulations require that all edibles, food containers, and cookware be stored in a hard-sided vehicle or food locker when not in use, day or night. Place all trash in bear-proof containers. Do not burn waste in fire rings or leave litter around your camp. Fire rings should be free of trash before vacating a campsite.

Twentynine Palms, CA—Joshua Tree National Park Rescuers located a 21 year old male from Great Britain who had been hiking in the Rattlesnake Canyon area of the park and became separated from the others in his party. Acting on a 911 call Saturday at approximately 6:50 pm, search teams from Joshua Tree National Park Search and Rescue (JOSAR), Desert Search and Rescue (DSAR), San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and Fire Department, responded to a report of a lost hiker.

The subject was located Sunday morning around 8:30 am by search members who were able to fix a position with the hiker using voice contact and direct a San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department helicopter to the site where the man was evacuated. Morongo Basin Ambulance transported the subject to Hi-Desert Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries and observation.

Visitors to the park are reminded to always stay with your group when possible and carry more water than you think you will need. Dress appropriately for the environment and use sunscreen.

SAR for missing hiker called off – http://www.idahostatesman.com/2015/09/22/4000010/blaine-county-sheriff-after-8.html

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Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

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Hunter-gatherer – 

Body of missing hunter found – http://county10.com/2015/09/29/breaking-search-and-rescue-team-finds-lost-teton-county-hunters-body/

Missing hunter’s body found – http://mtstandard.com/news/local/missing-bow-hunter-found-dead-cause-of-death-uncertain/article_b6d905b5-a7aa-5d15-89e8-acc1a017314e.html

Water Safety – 

SAR for missing kayaker called off – http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/hope-fades-as-rescue-teams-call-off-search-for-missing-kayaker-31569548.html

Man overboard rescued – http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/bay_area/news/coast-guard-rescues-man-overboard-off-kemah/article_bbb40a0d-fb39-5d03-81af-3edbcf07bab2.html

Body of missing swimmer recovered – http://www.kitv.com/news/search-and-rescue-underway-near-halona-blowhole-for-missing-swimmer/35407546

Climbing – 

Climber rescued – http://www.ktvz.com/news/hiker-falls-on-north-sister-rescue-effort-underway/35493748

Vehicles – 

 Coast Guard launches to elp distressed sailboat – http://www.hookelenews.com/patrol-squadron-4-assists-with-search-and-rescue/

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Survial Weekly – 9/21/15…

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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 – 

Four days, three nights. Utah man toughs it out – http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/09/15/utah-man-brush-lost-woods-survival/72297360/

Video of highlights CSAR program – http://globalnews.ca/news/2205207/inside-the-reality-of-search-and-rescue/

News – 

Tidewater celebrates 30 year anniversary!! – http://wydaily.com/2015/09/15/local-news-tidewater-search-and-rescue/

CAP cell phone forensics team receives award – http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/2015/09/04/cap-saves-lives-search-rescue-missions-earns-commanders-award/71724894/

Water Safety – 

Missing kayaker found – http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/fire-crews-searching-for-missing-kayaker-on-reservoir

Body of kayaker recovered – http://www.islandecho.co.uk/news/search-and-rescue-operation-underway-in-sandown-bay

Man overboard – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/search-rescue-shediac-bay-1.3222109

Coast Guard searches for boater – http://abc7news.com/news/coast-guard-searches-for-sf-man-reported-missing-from-angel-island/973499/

Water SAR – http://www.local10.com/news/rescue-crews-search-pompano-beachs-intercoastal-waterway/35377306

Catalina SAR for boater – http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-catalina-boat-crash-search-20150907-story.html

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Hiking – 

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

Hunter-gatherer – 

Missing hunter – http://www.newsminer.com/news/local_news/search-continues-for-fairbanks-man-missing-from-hunting-camp/article_810cb02e-5d9a-11e5-8a67-bbfd0fa03cc1.html

Body of missing hunter recovered – http://www.steamboattoday.com/news/2015/sep/11/body-missing-hunter-located/

Gold miners rescued – http://www.mynews4.com/news/local/story/WATCH-VIDEO-CHP-rescues-gold-miners-near-Lake/35Ot_wCDr0GS_u8KU5fA4A.cspx

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Climbing – 

Climbing accident – http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/rangers-rescue-man-who-fell-feet-off-middle-teton/article_5ca1875a-fa19-5686-a305-04180a7ecb9f.html

Vehicles – 

 Driver survives wreck in remote area for a week – http://m.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11511656

PLB signals rescue of motorcyclist – http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/distress-beacon-saves-injured-motorbiker-in-remote-goldfields-rescue/story-fnhocxo3-1227533290216

SAR initiated for stranded motorists – http://infotel.ca/newsitem/search-and-rescue-called-out-for-two-people-lost-south-of-kamloops/it23161

Injured mountain biker rescued – http://www.castanet.net/news/West-Kelowna/147299/Smith-Creek-rescue

Small plane crash kills five – http://www.durangoherald.com/article/20150907/NEWS01/150909699/-1/s/5-die-in-plane-crash-near-Cascade-Creek-

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Survival Weekly – 7/30/15…

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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 – 

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

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

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

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

News – 

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

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

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

Water Safety – 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hiking – 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

United States Park Police
Seriously Injured Teen Medevaced By Eagle One

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

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

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

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

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

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

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Hunter-gatherer – 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Climbing – 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vehicles – 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The incident is under investigation.

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Survival Weekly – 4/21/15…

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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 – 

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (PA)
Rescue Team Member Injured In Training Accident

On Wednesday, April 8th, the park’s High Angle Rescue Team conducted a monthly scheduled joint-agency high angle rescue training session at High Point State Park in northwestern New Jersey near the park. The joint-agency team is comprised of park personnel, New Jersey state agencies personnel, and park volunteers.

Due to inclement weather on April 8th, it was decided to relocate the training inside the monument tower at High Point’s summit. There have been several previous training sessions conducted at the park which have taken place inside the monument, which is a stone masonry obelisk standing approximately 226 feet high. The interior of the monument has a metal staircase wrapping around the inside walls with horizontal landings at each level, which provides an unobstructed area in the center for rappelling or other rope rescue training.

This training session was dedicated to raising and lowering an empty basket stretcher with a litter attendant. There were eight participants, including a team leader (a Delaware Water Gap employee) and one assistant team leader (a New Jersey State Park employee). The hauling system was rigged by the assistant team leader and a regular team member (Delaware Water Gap employee). The haul system was configured for use by rescuers situated on a horizontal landing that was approximately 26 feet above a concrete surface. The configuration permitted raising and lowering each training participant through separate evolutions as the litter attendant.

The rescuers on the second floor landing operated the hauling system on the main line, which was routed at an angle up through a high directional comprised of two locking carabiners anchored to the metal stairway structure with nylon webbing at the next level above.  The webbing was rigged in a “wrap three-pull two” configuration and the area where the two wraps contacted the metal handrail stanchion was wrapped with a canvas edge guard.  The leg of webbing with the two directional carabiners was positioned near additional unprotected metal stairway components.  A managed separate belay line was not employed.

During the final training evolution, the assistant team leader served as the litter attendant. Just before noon, he was in the upper litter attendant position, being lowered, when the upper directional anchor failed, causing him to fall  approximately 20 feet, initially colliding with a stair railing and then the concrete surface. The injured rescuer was immediately attended to by team members on scene and an aeromedical helicopter was requested due to the fall, obvious arm fracture, and suspected back injury. The assistant team leader did not suffer a loss of consciousness following the accident.

Although the aeromedical helicopter reached the scene, it was cancelled prior to landing by responding local agency paramedics.  The injured man was packaged and transported to a local hospital by ground ambulance.  He has been subsequently released from the hospital and is recuperating at home.

Findings at the accident scene indicate that the webbing anchor attachment to the high directional became severed from contact with the metal stairway components during the repeated training evolutions, which lead to a loss of control of the load. The accident investigation will include a facilitated learning analysis, which will be prepared and published by the WASO Emergency Services Office in order to provide an accurate and detailed understanding of this event for all NPS technical rescue personnel.

News – 

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Water Safety – 

Everglades National Park (FL)
Man Dies In Boating Mishap

On the evening of February 6th, Richard Raasch, 68, and Fred Thompson, 70, were in a 17-foot aluminum canoe powered by a small 4 horsepower outboard motor, en route to Jewell Key to camp for the night. This was to be the first night of a multi-day camping trip.

The men had navigated Sandfly Pass and made a wrong turn to the southeast and were in the vicinity of Rabbit Key when they saw another vessel and asked for directions.  When they turned back to the northwest to head towards Jewell Key they began taking a forward quartering sea over their starboard bow.

Due to the low freeboard of the canoe, they began taking on small amounts of overspray and had to bail water. They made it to Demijohn Key, where they bailed and rested but then decided to head the final mile to Jewell Key, which was across Chokoloskee Pass. Upon entering the pass, they hit deeper water and a falling tide. With the tide and the wind both going in the same direction, the larger waves caused them to take on too much water and the vessel quickly swamped.

Both men had on lifejackets. Raasch was able to swim to Jewell Key, where he spent the night.  On February 8th around noon he was able to wave down a passing boater. The search for Thompson ended on the afternoon of February 9th when rangers found him floating in a debris field about 11 miles off shore in the Gulf of Mexico. He did not survive.

Assisting in the search were personnel from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Coast Guard and NPS staff from both Everglades and Big Cypress.

Search for missing sailor http://splash247.com/search-and-rescue-fails-to-find-man-overboard-off-fraser-island/

Body of missing snowmobiler recovered – http://www.cbncompass.ca/News/Local/2015-04-18/article-4116633/Body-recovered-after-week-long-search/1

SAR for missing girl – http://www.kpax.com/story/28845584/search-and-rescue-underway-for-little-girl-at-state-park

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Hiking – 

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

Hunter-gatherer – 

Everglades National Park (FL)
Missing Father And Son Found Through Interagency Search

The park received a call at 1 a.m. on January 17th reporting that a father and son were overdue from a fishing trip. The two were thought to have launched their boat the day before into Florida Bay from the Flamingo Marina; their direction was unknown.

An immediate land-based search led to the discovery of their empty truck and boat trailer at the Flamingo parking area. Rangers began a water-based search at first light.

Everglades rangers and volunteers were joined by a United States Coast Guard vessel and five Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission vessels. A Coast Guard helicopter and two fixed-wing planes from the Coast Guard and commission were also utilized.  Interviews were also conducted with family and Friends in an effort to determine if the party had a specific itinerary.

Everglades rangers located the missing father and son in good condition about a mile offshore in the Gulf of Mexico just before noon. They were safely reunited with family waiting at the Flamingo Ranger Station.  Follow-up interviews with the subjects revealed that they had decided to spend the night on the water without advising the reporting party of the change in plans.

Injured loggers rescued – http://www.kelownanow.com/watercooler/news/news/North_Okanagan/15/04/15/Search_and_Rescue_Called_to_Retrieve_Hurt_Loggers_Near_Lumby

Treasure hunters rescued – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/11547689/Major-rescue-as-15-treasure-hunters-get-stuck-in-mud.html

SAR for oyster fisherman – http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/3083001-151/deschutes-search-and-rescue-locates-lost-hiker#

Climbing – 

Zion National Park (UT)
Injured Man Rescued From Slot Canyon

Park dispatch was contacted by the fee ranger at Tunnel East around 2 p.m. on the afternoon of April 3rd and informed that there was an injured man in Pine Creek Canyon requesting assistance. Pine Creek is a technical slot canyon requiring wet suits and multiple rappels.

The reporting party was a member of the injured person’s group and had ascended a rope that another group in the canyon had fixed at the first rappel. He said that a member of his party had broken his ankle at the second rappel in Pine Creek and would need SAR personnel to help him out.

A technical rescue team was organized and had a high line with a reeve system set up by 5 p.m. A high line with a reeve is a system where a rope spanning the canyon is tensioned and the rescuer and litter are attached to the high line with a pulley and pulled across using tag lines on either side of the canyon. The rescuer is positioned directly over the patient in the slot canyon and lowered using a technique called a reeve.

Ranger-Medic Ryan McDonald-O’Lear, who was lowered to the man, provided medical care and packaged him for extrication. Both were then raised to the high line and moved back across the span to the Canyon Overlook Trail. The injured man was carried off the trail by wheeled litter and transported via park ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center.

Fifteen SAR personnel took part in the rescue, which took approximately 5 hours to complete.

New River Gorge National River (WV)
Two Brothers Injured In Falling Accidents

Just after 7:30 pm last Sunday evening, rangers received a report that a 13-year-old boy had fallen approximately 50 feet from the rock cliffs at the end of the Long Point trail. Several local fire departments from Fayette County, the Fayette County Rope Rescue Team, local EMS, and rangers responded.

While the initial response was underway, rescuers received an update that the brother of the first falling victim, age 19, had fallen about 100 feet in the same area and was also injured.

Fire department members and the Fayette County Rope Rescue Team reached the 13-year-old brother first and found him to be conscious but with pelvic, back, and ankle pain. He was extracted by a technical litter raise system. The team provided emergency care and lifted him to the cliff top. He was then carried out by litter to the trailhead, where he was airlifted by helicopter to a local hospital.

Meanwhile, rescuers searched for the 19-year-old brother. Ranger Mark Faherty found him several hundred yards away from the first incident site. He was able to stand and walk and was walked out by rescue personnel down to the Kaymoor Trail and out to a waiting ambulance at Fayette Station Road.

Both brothers are reported to be in stable condition and are at Charleston Area Medical Center. The preliminary investigation indicates that the younger brother fell from the cliffs and landed at the bottom. The older brother then himself fell while trying to reach the younger.

Rangers Mark Faherty, Nate Freier, and FTEP ranger/ trainee Ron Babus responded from the NPS.

Vehicles – 

Snowmobilers rescued – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/natuashish-man-helps-rescue-3-missing-snowmobilers-1.3037800

Small plane crash – http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/local/2015/04/20/lakeland-plane-crash/26087827/

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Survival Weekly – 4/13/15…

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

Featured – 

Autistic boy rescued from bush after four days http://abc7news.com/news/autistic-boy-lost-in-australian-forest-found-after-4-days/637865/

Inside the search –  http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/searchers-in-the-shadows-inside-the-hunt-for-luke-20150411-1mi6zg.html

News – 

“Denali Justice” released http://www.adn.com/article/20150408/denali-justice-examines-legal-fallout-botched-1981-mount-mckinley-rescue

Water Safety – 

Missouri National Recreational River (SD)
Search For Missing Boy Enters Third Day

A multi-agency search and rescue operation was begun on the evening of April 5th when a six-year-old boy went missing at Yankton’s Riverside Park. The boy was reported to be fishing with family members when he fell off the dock into the Missouri River.

Yankton County Search and Rescue and the Yankton Police Department responded to the park at approximately 7:30 p.m. and began a shoreline-based ground search. The Yankton County Search and Rescue dive team arrived shortly thereafter and searched in the water in the area of the boat dock. Search efforts continued until midnight when they were called off due to poor weather and cold temperatures.

On April 6th, the Yankton Police Department, Nebraska Game and Parks, Yankton County Emergency Management, Cedar County Emergency Management, and South Dakota Game Fish and Parks joined in the search, employing towed sonar to locate underwater anomalies.  A helicopter from Avera-McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls performed limited aerial searching due to poor weather, with a dog team from Brookings, South Dakota, assisting.  The Yankton County Sheriff’s Office continues to coordinate search efforts, and Yankton Police Department is handling the investigation.

Searching will continue in coming days, with the focus moving towards recovery plans, but are being hampered by cold and rainy conditions, swift currents, and deep water. The NPS will continue to be engaged in helping locate this young boy through continued assistance in this interagency effort.

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Hiking – 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Rangers Rescue Seriously Injured Hiker

On the afternoon of March 29th, rangers rescued a hiker who had taken a fall onto a pile of rocks a little over two-and-a-half miles from the Ramsey Cascades Trailhead.

The hiker had sustained chest trauma and required evacuation by litter carryout from the backcountry over very rough terrain. The challenge of patient care increased when his airway became compromised subsequent to the chest injury.

In addition to the deterioration of his condition, the extrication from the backcountry required the park’s technical SAR team to construct a Tyrolean traverse to get the patient safely across a river. The SAR operation took a total of seven hours from the time of injury to the waiting ambulance at the trailhead.

The injured hiker was flown by helicopter to the University of Tennessee Medical Center and immediately admitted to the OR. Prior to departing the landing zone, ambulance personnel and flight medics had to perform a surgical cricothyrotomy to secure the airway. The patient is expected to make a full recovery.

Ranger Brad Griest was the incident commander. Go Brad!!

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

Hunter-gatherer – 

Hunter rescued http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/injured-hunter-rescued-from-waimakariri-gorge-2015040910

Climbing – 

Video of hoist – https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/545862/video-dramatic-rescue-two-women-climbers-ben-nevis/

Climber rescued – http://kron4.com/2015/04/11/coastal-bluff-climber-rescued-in-sea-ranch-after-fall/

Vehicles – 

SAR assists drivers – http://icelandreview.com/news/2015/04/08/search-and-rescue-assist-drivers-mountain-pass

SAR for missing snowmobiler – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/search-continues-for-missing-62-year-old-snowmobiler-1.3029828

Snowmobiler and skiers rescued – http://www.thefreepress.ca/news/299568901.html

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Survival Weekly – 3/24/2015…

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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 – 

Fatal fall for hiker – http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/2015/03/21/injured-hiker-rescued-in-palm-springs/25160531/

Another fatal fall – http://www.kesq.com/news/injured-hiker-rescued/31945208

News – 

Get-Rescued-Free card – http://www.parkrecord.com/summit_county-news/ci_27777661/bill-establishes-get-rescued-free-card-program

Cyborg SAR beetle – http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/13606/20150320/cyborg-beetle-save-life.htm

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Water Safety – 

Man overboard on cruise ship – http://www.cruiselawnews.com/2015/03/articles/disappearances-1/passenger-overboard-from-carnival-triumph/

Winter Sports – 

Avalanche kills one snowmobiler, one still missing – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/mcbride-b-c-avalanche-kills-one-alberta-snowmobiler-another-missing-1.3005063

Hiking – 

Yosemite National Park (CA)
Missing Hiker Found After Extended Search

Missing visitor Michael “Mic” Dahl, the subject of a multi-day search, was found late yesterday morning in a boulder field east of Lower Yosemite Fall.

Dahl was spotted by visitors on the Yosemite Valley Loop Trail. They recognized him from a missing persons flyer that they’d seen. He was found approximately a quarter mile east of the Lower Yosemite Fall trail in a large boulder field below Sunnyside Bench. Dahl sustained multiple injuries and was taken to a local hospital by ambulance.

Dahl was reported missing by a group of friends on the night of Saturday, March 21st, after a short hike to Lower Yosemite Fall. Approximately 50 search and rescue crew members had been searching for him since the initial report was received.

The park received assistance from the Madera, Tuolumne, Mariposa, and Marin County search and rescue teams and the Auburn office of California Highway Patrol.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (HI)
Rangers Find And Rescue Lost Boy

An 11-year-old boy from Canada who took a shortcut off Kilauea Iki Trail was located by park rangers and reunited with his family on the night of Tuesday, March 17th.

The boy left the trail on the crater floor and attempted to shortcut his way up to the parking lot at Thurston Lava Tube, but got lost. When his parents reached the parking lot and found he wasn’t there, the father went back down the trail. He was able to make voice contact with his son, but couldn’t locate him.

Another visitor also heard the boy yelling for help near Crater Rim Trail between the Thurston Lava Tube and Kilauea Iki parking lots. The visitor found the boy’s mother at the Thurston Lava Tube parking lot and called park dispatch to report the missing child.

Five search-and-rescue rangers responded shortly after sunset. The boy was located off trail about an hour afterwards, with only minor cuts and scrapes. It took another hour for rangers to hike him back out to the trail. He was reunited with his family members, who expressed their gratitude to the rangers.

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

Hunter-gatherer – 

SAR for missing fisherman – http://fox13now.com/2015/03/22/search-and-rescue-crews-at-willard-bay-looking-for-overdue-boater/

Climbing – 

Vehicles – 

Stranded motorists rescued – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/drivers-and-passengers-rescued-on-burgeo-highway-1.2997651

Recovery mission for victims of plane crash –   http://www.travelpulse.com/news/impacting-travel/germanwings-search-and-rescue-suspended-until-daybreak.html

Urban – 

Missing toddler found – http://5newsonline.com/2015/03/19/washington-county-deputies-search-for-missing-toddler-in-winslow/

Missing dementia and Alzheimer’s patients –  

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