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Survival Weekly – 2/3/16…

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

Featured – 

Fugitives call for rescue – http://www.click2houston.com/news/2-men-flee-authorities-beg-for-police-rescue-the-next-day

News – 

The cost of SAR in Maine – http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local-sports/2016/01/31/outdoors-maine-cost-search-and-rescue-missions/1862697

Ongoing treasure hunter SAR – http://boingboing.net/2016/01/31/whimsical-treasure-hunt-turns.html

Flying submarine drone – http://www.gizmag.com/loon-copter-amphibious-drone/41485/

GPS can lead you astray – http://katu.com/news/local/gps-leading-drivers-astray-in-oregon-national-forests

Winter Safety – 

Lost skiers rescued – http://www.uniondemocrat.com/localnews/3962064-151/deputies-volunteer-find-lost-teen-skiers#

Missing snowmobilers found – http://www.myyellowknifenow.com/11380/three-people-found-in-separate-behchoko-searches/

Injured skier rescued – http://www.jhnewsandguide.com/news/cops_courts/sidecountry-search-and-rescue-underway/article_dc42e955-5d95-5a27-ab00-5373d7749f52.html

Lost snowboarder found – http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/d39d4accfecd4df089865bad24af6c3b/NV–Snowboarders-Found

Snowboarders found – http://mynews4.com/news/local/wcso-search-on-for-2-missing-snowboarders-on-mt-rose

Water Safety –

Rescue personnel rescued in rough seas – http://www.kgw.com/news/local/central-coast/teen-falls-from-a-cliff-at-cape-kiwanda-search-underway/30316947

Body of missing swimmer recovered – https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/missing-swimmer-body-found-near-wharf-on-north-shore.html

Boater recovered – http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/man-whose-body-found-in-kenmare-bay-named-as-bill-topham-1.2517230

SAR for missing swimmer – http://www.ckwstv.com/2016/01/29/search-for-male-in-lake-ontario/

Water SAR – http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Major-rescue-operation-missing-man-River-Truro/story-28623392-detail/story.html

SAR recovers floating doll – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/massive-search-and-rescue-finds-its-victim-a-sex-doll_us_56a7a4ece4b0b87beec60d71?ir=Weird+News&section=us_weird-news&utm_hp_ref=weird-news

SAR for missing kayaker – http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20160125/NEWS/160129723

image: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/man-whose-body-found-in-kenmare-bay-named-as-bill-topham-1.2517230

Hiking – 

Missing runner found – http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20160130/NEWS/160139994

BORSTAR – http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/valley/article_f73dab76-c3e4-11e5-a632-bb1d088839de.html

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

Hunter-gatherer – 

Duck hunter rescued – http://komonews.com/news/local/hunter-rescued-after-falling-in-columbia-river

Climbing – 

Vehicles – 

 Avalanche kills five snowmobilers – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3424811/British-Columbia-avalanche-kills-five-men-ride-snowmobiles.html

SAR for missing mountain biker – http://patch.com/california/altadena/search-rescue-team-searching-missing-mountain-biker-0

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Survival Week-and-a-halfly – 11/15/15..

Image: http://www.wyofile.com/column/backcountry-zero-aims-reduce-deaths-tetons/

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 – 

First person account of getting lost – http://astructureforspirit.com/2015/11/08/search-resuce-and-a-million-miracles-in-between/

News – 

Tetons launches “Backcountry Zero” – http://www.wyofile.com/column/backcountry-zero-aims-reduce-deaths-tetons/

New Hampshire “Hike Safe” card update –  http://www.newhampshire.com/article/20151115/NEWHAMPSHIRE03/151119499/0/NEWHAMPSHIRE09

Winter Sports – 

Sier rescued – http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/rescue-crews-airlift-skier-after-backcountry-accident/36393530

Water Safety –

Missing kayakers found safe – http://www.carmarthenjournal.co.uk/Rescue-mission-kayakers-Towy/story-28175020-detail/story.html

Hiking – 

Trail runner rescued – http://koin.com/2015/11/05/angels-rest-trail-runner-found-by-search-rescue-team/

Hiker killed in fall – http://www.valleyrecord.com/news/340005191.html

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

Hunter-gatherer – 

Missing lion hunter found – http://thesheridanpress.com/?p=44484

Missing hunters found – http://www.torontosun.com/2015/11/12/police-rescue-groups-searching-in-northern-new-brunswick-for-missing-hunters

Duck hunter rescued – http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/coast-guard-rescues-stranded-duck-hunter-from-nisqually/

Body of fisherman recovered – http://www.news4jax.com/news/jacksonville-fire-and-rescue-are-searching-st-johns-river-for-missing-boater/36273170

Missing fishermen found – http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/73748939/Fishermen-found-near-Fairlie-after-going-missing


Image: http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/rescue-crews-airlift-skier-after-backcountry-accident/36393530

Climbing – 

Late yesterday, November 8, Rocky Mountain National Park rangers were notified by cell phone from a man indicating that he and his 13-year-old son needed assistance.  They had summited Longs Peak via the Keyhole Route. They attempted to come down from the summit via Clark’s Arrow.  The two got off route descending from The Loft between Longs Peak and Mount Meeker.

Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue members reached them at 10:40 p.m.  After assessing their condition and evacuation options, they assisted the two down The Loft reaching a backcountry shelter near Chasm Lake at 2:00 a.m. this morning, where they connected with other members of the park’s Search and Rescue team.  They stayed through the night and all began hiking out this morning.  It is estimated they will reach the Longs Peak Trailhead at 10:30 a.m.

The two are from Loveland, Colorado.  Because one is a juvenile, park staff will not be releasing their names.

Injured climbers rescued –

Vehicles – 

SAR for missing helicopter crew – http://www.firstpost.com/india/pawan-hans-chopper-crash-chances-of-pilots-survival-bleak-as-search-operation-continues-2497186.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


Image: http://www.theprovince.com/news/search+crews+breaking+point+after+record+year+rescue/11402859/story.html

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

Image: http://www.theprovince.com/news/search+crews+breaking+point+after+record+year+rescue/11402859/story.html

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…


Image: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/north-shore-rescue-seeing-spike-in-calls-during-long-weekend-1.3217415

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


Image: https://www.kelownanow.com/watercooler/news/news/South_Okanagan/15/09/02/Multiple_Search_Teams_Help_Rescue_Three_Men_from_Manning_Park

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 – 9/1/15…


Source: http://abcnews.go.com/US/10-year-survival-smarts-lost-utah-forest/story?id=33297575

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 – 

Whistles save lives!! 9 day ordeal over – http://www.keyt.com/news/sheriffs-search-and-rescue-team-members-help-missing-hiker-in-the-sierra/35022202

An underestimated threat in the woods – http://m.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/2-kids-killed-in-Yosemite-when-tree-branch-falls-6444858.php

News – 

Obama joins the survival reality show ranks – http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/31/politics/obama-bear-grylls-running-wild-survival-show/

BUSAR, a personal project fulfilled, conducts interagency training – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1037419219615195/

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Water Safety – 

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (AZ,UT)
Two Rescued Woman Charged With Assault On Rescuing Rangers

On August 4th, Ryann Shelly Holmes of Kayenta, Arizona, pled guilty to a Class A misdemeanor count of assaulting/resisting federal law enforcement officers during the commission of their duties.

The charge stemmed from an incident that had occurred on June 28th. Rangers had received a call of two intoxicated women, one of whom was having difficulty in the water while swimming dangerously close to the main channel of Lake Powell off the shore of Antelope Point.

The rangers rescued Mary Ann Gray, of Phoenix, Arizona, when it became apparent she was in danger of drowning.  Once she was pulled to shore, Gray became combative with the rangers. Holmes then interfered by pushing and hitting the rangers while they were attempting to place Gray under arrest.

Holmes was sentenced to ten days in jail, will be on probation for one year, and is banned from the park during that time. Gray is scheduled to appear in court later in August.

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (PA)
Park SAR Team Joins In Rescue Of Seriously Injured Man

On the evening of August 17th, park dispatch received a request for assistance from the New Jersey State Park Police. They needed help from the park’s SAR team in carrying out a 19-year-old New Jersey man who’d been seriously injured in a fall of from a tree near Sunfish Pond. He’d climbed the tree in order to take a picture.

When members of the SAR team and on-duty personnel arrived at Worthington State Forest, they learned that county paramedics and an officer were on scene with the man, that he’d suffered from a head injury and a possible fractured leg, and that he was in stable condition. The nine-person carryout team headed to his location, arriving around 1:30 a.m.

Once team members were on scene and could speak directly with the paramedics they determined that the man most likely had a fractured pelvis and that moving him by hand to a location that he could be transferred to a ground ambulance would cause him extreme pain. The decision was made to request a helicopter evacuation.

The New Jersey State Police Aviation Unit, which the team regularly trains with, was contacted but was unavailable to assist. The United States Coast Guard out of Sandy Hook, New Jersey, was then contacted and agreed to respond and attempt the evacuation, but their estimated time of arrival was between 5:30 and 6 a.m. The decision was made to go with the helicopter evacuation using the USCG helicopter. The team remained in place to assist with patient care and in case the helicopter evacuation turned out not to be possible.

The Coast Guard helicopter arrived in the area at approximately 5:40 a.m. The helicopter crew did a reconnaissance of the area and then lowered a rescue technician to the ground via its hoist. The injured man was then raised via the hoist to the helicopter and evacuated by air.

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (PA)
Body Of Missing Swimmer Found By NPS Dive Team

Park rangers recovered the body of Darius L. Vinson of Far Rockaway, New York, from the Delaware River just north of the I-80 toll bridge on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 19th.

Vinson, 26, was swimming with a friend near the Karamac Parking Area around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon when he began to struggle in the current and went under. His friend attempted to rescue him, but he too was caught in the strong current and began to struggle before being rescued by passing kayakers.  Neither man was wearing a life jacket.

Rangers began searching the area almost immediately on foot and in boats with assistance from Shawnee, Delaware Water Gap, and Portland Volunteer Fire Departments and Bushkill and Suburban EMS crews.  The NPS dive team searched underwater for approximately two hours before suspending the search due to darkness.

Divers resumed operations on Wednesday morning.  Vinson’s body was recovered in 10 feet of water approximately 800 yards downstream from where he’s entered the water.

Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River (NY,PA)
New York Man Drowns In Delaware River

A 48-year-old man from Flushing, New York, was swimming off Ascalona Campground in the Delaware River on the afternoon of August 14th when he began having trouble in the middle of the river.  Several visitors in kayaks also noticed the swimmer was having difficulty and told people on shore to call 911.

The kayakers saw him go underwater for 30 to 45 seconds and recovered the unconscious man. Family members and friends began CPR.  Rangers’ Kevin Reish and Larry Neal were responding to a disturbance call, noticed the incident, and joined in the response.

The man was taken by American Legion ambulance to Bon Secours Hospital in Port Jervis. He was later flown to Westchester Medical Center, where he subsequently died.

Divers rescued – http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/hallandale/fl-hallandale-sea-rescue-20150827-story.html

Missing kayaker – http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article32825562.html

Hiking – 

Adirondack SAR highlights – http://poststar.com/news/local/adirondack-forest-ranger-search-and-rescue-highlights/article_a989dccc-5014-11e5-bcc0-0b70cce99d02.html

Teen helps rescue father – http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865635565/13-year-old-keeps-dad-alive-after-he-was-injured-by-falling-boulder.html?pg=all

10 year old boy rescued – http://abcnews.go.com/US/10-year-survival-smarts-lost-utah-forest/story?id=33297575

Drunk rescued – http://wnyt.com/article/stories/s3881000.shtml

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –


source: http://www.keyt.com/news/sheriffs-search-and-rescue-team-members-help-missing-hiker-in-the-sierra/35022202

Hunter-gatherer – 

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area (MT,WY)
Fisherman’s Life Saved With AED

Ranger Jordan Sjogren was called out early on the morning of August 20th to respond to a report of an elderly male who had collapsed from an apparent heart attack while fishing in the Bighorn River. CPR was reportedly in progress.

Upon arrival, Sjogren attached the AED to the patient while a Bighorn County deputy and other civilian responders continued CPR. The AED called for a total of three shocks and CPR was continued. After the third shock, the man regained a pulse.

St. Vincent’s Help Flight arrived on scene and assumed care of the patient. He was flown to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings, Montana, and is currently in the intensive care unit.

Search for missing fisherman – http://abc7.com/news/rescue-teams-search-for-fisherman-who-fell-overboard-at-irvine-lake/952779/

Missing fisherman rescued – http://www.abc17news.com/news/possible-search-and-rescue-underway-in-boone-county/34897384

Climbing – 

Grand Teton National Park (WY)
Ten Climbers Rescued From Stettner Couloir

During the early morning hours of Sunday, August 16th, rangers began a multi-phased rescue mission for ten climbers in two separate parties who became stranded together in the Stettner Couloir late the previous evening while descending from the Petzoldt Ridge on the Grand Teton.

The initial call for help set in motion a search and rescue operation that did not end until four of the climbers were finally evacuated from the Lower Saddle of the Grand by helicopter late Sunday afternoon. Although none of the ten climbers sustained injuries during their mountain mishap, several did suffer from exposure to the extremely wet and cold conditions that they experienced during their hours-long descent of the Stettner Couloir.

The two climbing parties (one with six members and the other with four) were attempting to summit the Grand Teton in a single day, rather than making a two-day climb with an overnight in Garnet Canyon.

The two parties met up during their respective descents off the Petzoldt Ridge, and both groups made an ill-fated decision to rappel down Chevy Couloir and into the Stettner Couloir to reach the Lower Saddle at the end of their day-long climbing adventure. With little understanding of summertime conditions typically found in the Stettner Couloir, including the icy water that drains into the couloir, this decision proved to be problematic and ultimately placed the climbers in jeopardy of incurring serious injury.

At first light on Sunday, two rangers headed out on foot from the Lower Saddle’s rescue hut to climb to the scene, assess the situation, and ideally arrange for an evacuation by the Teton Interagency contract helicopter. Because high winds prevented use of the ship, three additional rangers hiked from the Lupine Meadows trailhead to reach the rescue staging area on the Lower Saddle and prepare for a ground rescue. Once the high winds subsided, three additional rangers were flown to a backcountry landing zone located on the Lower Saddle, and they also joined in the rescue operation.

Rangers also enlisted the help of four guides from Exum Mountain Guides, and two private climbers, who happened to be in the vicinity. The two private climbers accompanied one ranger to the rescue site, and the Exum guides helped the group across the Black Dike traverse after they were free of the couloir.

Rangers provided food and hot drinks to the climbers and assessed their physical condition to determine who might need aerial evacuation. Four of the ten climbers were evacuated via helicopter at 3:00 p.m. and delivered to the Jenny Lake Rescue Cache on the valley floor. The remaining six climbers hiked out of the mountains on their own.

Grand Teton National Park (WY)
Two Climbers Suffer Fatal Fall On Teewinot Mountain

Jenny Lake rangers, a Teton interagency contract helicopter, and emergency medical personnel swung into action just after 11:00 a.m. yesterday to assist two separate parties. The first and more serious accident involved a party of three climbers attempting to reach the summit of Teewinot Mountain. Two of the climbers suffered a fatal fall of approximately 200 feet. The two climbers were Tyler Strandberg, 27, originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, and Catherine Nix, 28, originally from Port Chester, New York. Both women were residents of Jackson, Wyoming.

At approximately 11:15 a.m. Teton Interagency Dispatch Center received a cell phone call for assistance via 911 from Rebecca Anderson, 26, also of Jackson, Wyoming. Anderson reported that the two other members of her climbing party, Strandberg and Nix, had fallen and were now out of sight. She made repeated attempts to yell down to her companions, but received no reply. Anderson was stuck on a small ledge and could not move to see her companions.

Upon receiving the call, rangers quickly developed a plan to reach the three climbers. Three rangers were inserted via short-haul to Strandberg and Nix’s location, a rocky ledge at an elevation of about 11,500 feet located just above the “Worshipper” and “Idol” rock towers. On arrival, the rangers assessed the condition of Strandberg and Nix, who were both unresponsive after taking an apparent fall of 200 feet. They were pronounced dead at the scene by the rangers in consultation with the park medical director.

The rangers then turned their attention to Anderson, who was stranded above the scene. Two rangers climbed steep and technical terrain for about an hour to reach Anderson, who was uninjured, and prepared her for an evacuation. She was short-hauled with an attending ranger to the Lupine Meadows Rescue Cache at 4:19 p.m. The remaining ranger then rappelled back down to Strandberg and Nix’s location.

The rangers prepared the deceased for evacuation as a second call for assistance came in. Doug Lawton, 45, of Alpine, Wyoming, was hiking on his own in Avalanche Canyon just above Lake Taminah when he accidentally pulled a “suitcase-sized” rock down on himself, injuring his leg. He was able to move a few hundred feet to a more level location, where the helicopter landed and evacuated Lawton to the Lupine Meadows Rescue Cache at 5:16 p.m. He was transported by ambulance to St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming.

The helicopter returned to Teewinot Mountain to fly the deceased to the rescue cache via long-line, where they were transferred to the Teton County coroner. The two remaining rangers were then flown back to the rescue cache via short-haul.

The three women were attempting to ascend the East Face of Teewinot Mountain. The East Face is the typical route to the summit of Teewinot and also the easiest. It is rated a class 4.0 climb, meaning that it consists of exposed rock climbing but is not considered technical in nature. Though the route is frequently climbed without ropes, the terrain is very steep and good route-finding skills, mountaineering experience, and caution are essential. The climbers were well off the East Face route and in much more difficult technical terrain when the fall occurred. They were not using ropes at the time of the fall and were apparently trying to find the proper route.

Woan and dogs rescued off cliff – http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_28705473/daly-city-cliff-rescue-underway-near-palisades-park

Vehicles – 

 Dirt bike rider rescued – http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2015/08/20/jla-responders-rescue-injured-dirt-biker-near-stucki-spring-using-polaris-ranger/#.VeXJlfm6fIU

Mountain biker rescued – http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/injured-mountain-biker-rescued-near-big-sky/article_c3f52270-d45b-566d-b856-8c6969f88392.html

Couple survives plane crash – http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11501872

ATV rider rescued – http://www.brighouseecho.co.uk/news/local/injured-quad-biker-rescued-by-calder-valley-search-and-rescue-team-in-hipperholme-1-7425020

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Source: http://www.keyt.com/news/sheriffs-search-and-rescue-team-members-help-missing-hiker-in-the-sierra/35022202

Survival Weekly – 8/16/15…

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 – 

Jet skier ercounts ordeal – http://www.app.com/story/news/crime/jersey-mayhem/2015/08/12/missing-highlands-jet-skier-tells-ordeal-and-rescue/31526305/

Dehydration kills couple in desert – http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/08/us/new-mexico-french-deaths/index.html

News – 

Search & Rescue for sale – http://www.wired.com/2015/08/search-and-rescue-for-sale/

P-SAR in Grand Canyon – http://azdailysun.com/news/local/clueless-hikers-still-a-puzzle-to-rangerrs/article_4667a32b-d591-53d1-bf94-80be0aad57c0.html

Rescues in Rainier on rise – Go get ’em Tabi-cat!! – http://nwnewsnetwork.org/post/rescue-calls-mount-rainier-national-park-increase-sharply


Image: http://nwnewsnetwork.org/post/rescue-calls-mount-rainier-national-park-increase-sharply

Water Safety – 

Kayaker’s body recovered – http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/body-of-missing-kayaker-found-in-shortts-lake-1.2519154

Tragic teen drowning –http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/mother_of_teenage_boy_who_died_at_a_lake_in_thorpe_st_andrew_says_the_loss_is_devastating_1_4192668 h

SAR for missing boater – http://globalnews.ca/news/2159453/young-woman-drowns-in-harrison-lake/

Kayakers rescued – http://www.sequimgazette.com/news/321577091.html

Drowning victim recovered – http://www.kbtx.com/home/headlines/Search-and-Rescue-Crews-Searching-Lake-Bryan-for-Missing-Man-321156301.html

SAR for canoeist – http://www.bgdailynews.com/news/search-continues-in-possible-drowning/article_bcf08ddd-2202-5feb-b222-db17d0107e9d.html

Hiking – 

Yellowstone National Park (ID,MT,WY)
Hiker’s Death Confirmed As Caused By Grizzly Attack

Results from an autopsy conducted on Monday afternoon revealed that Lance Crosby, a 63-year-old Billings man, died as a result of traumatic injuries sustained from a bear attack.

Results from genetic (DNA) analysis of bear hair samples collected next to Crosby’s body confirmed the adult female grizzly bear that was captured at the scene on the night the body was discovered was the bear involved in the fatal attack. Additional evidence that this female was the bear involved in the attack included the following:

  • The bear and cubs were at the attack site when Crosby’s body was found by park rangers
  • Bear tracks of a female with cubs were found at Crosby’s body
  • This bear was captured at the fatality site within 24 hours of the body being found; and
  • Canine puncture wounds inflicted on the victim are consistent with the bite size of the female captured at the site.

Based on the totality of the evidence, this adult female grizzly was the bear involved in the fatality and was euthanized yesterday. An important fact in the decision to euthanize the bear was that a significant portion of the body was consumed and cached with the intent to return for further feeding. Normal defensive attacks by female bears defending their young do not involve consumption of the victim’s body.

Arrangements have been made to transfer the bear’s two cubs to a facility accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The AZA sets strict standards for facilities with regard to animal handling and care. Details of this placement are still being finalized. The facility is expected to make an announcement on Friday.

“As managers of Yellowstone National Park, we balance the preservation of park resources with public safety,” said Superintendent Dan Wenk. “Our decision takes into account the facts of the case, the goals of the bear management program, and the long term viability of the grizzly bear population as a whole, rather than an individual bear.”

The area closures, including the Elephant Back Loop Trail and Natural Bridge Trail will be lifted today.

Bees, screen shots and maps – http://www.thenewsguard.com/news/high-tec-rescue-two-people-rescued-at-cascade-head/article_904bf0ea-428d-11e5-90d3-abbaa9909d00.html

Hiker stays put, gets rescued – http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/hiker-gets-lost-stays-put-and-waits-for-rescue/article_9bc005bb-c3d4-5e89-854c-fe5719a97b1d.html

body of missing boy found – http://abc7chicago.com/news/body-of-missing-boy-5-found-by-searchers-in-az-/919829/

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

spences bridge

Image: http://www.kamloopsbcnow.com/watercooler/news/news/Kamloops/15/08/14/Kamloops_Search_and_Rescue_Recover_Two_Bodies_Near_Spences_Bridge

Hunter-gatherer – 

Search for missing angler – http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/rescue-operation-underway-kerry-coast-6253369

Climbing – 

Climber rescued – http://www.aspentimes.com/news/17648846-113/climber-rescued-from-maroon-bells-after-fall

Climbing fatality – http://www.ksl.com/?sid=35985589&nid=148&fm=most_popular&s_cid=popular-5


Image: http://www.wired.com/2015/08/search-and-rescue-for-sale/

Vehicles – 

 MVA with technical rescue – http://www.kamloopsbcnow.com/watercooler/news/news/Kamloops/15/08/14/Kamloops_Search_and_Rescue_Recover_Two_Bodies_Near_Spences_Bridge

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spences 2

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Survival Weekly 7/20/15…


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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 – 

Teen hikes out of wilderness after plane crash –   http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/15/us/washington-plane-crash-girl/

News – 

Robots for maritime SAR – http://www.marinelink.com/news/maritime-robots-search394711.aspx

Water Safety – 

Swimmer rescue or recovery

Hiking – 

New River Gorge National River (WV)
Stranded Visitors Rescued From Rimrocked Terrain

Four park visitors from Charleston West Virginia, headed down McKendree Road looking for a local swimming hole, faithfully following their GPS unit. McKendree Road is a state road that accesses remote and seldom visited areas of the park. The park has signed it as “rough road, 4×4 recommended.” They drove on McKendree Road, in their sedan, until they came upon a fallen tree completely blocking the road. They were only 1.8 miles from their destination according to the GPS.

Still trusting the GPS unit that had taken them down McKendree Road in the first place, they decided to walk to the swimming hole. The group walked until reaching Dowdy Creek. They could see the river and decided to walk down the hill towards river not knowing that they were entering some of the steepest and most heinous terrain in the park. On the way down, the terrain became almost vertical. Two members of the group, who had dropped lower on the hill than the others, discovered that they could not climb back up or go down any further. They began to call for help, calls which were overheard by NERI river patrol rangers.

River Ranger Matt McQueen was able to get to the rimrocked visitors and vector in responding units. Ranger Nate Freier set up a low angle belay to assist the stranded visitors back up through the steep terrain. Supported by ten NPS SAR team members, and a WV Department of Natural Resources officer, they made it up the hillside. The group of four was examined for injuries, and reunited near their car. Rangers assisted them in extricating the vehicle from the rough road.

Badlands National Park (SD)
Hiker Rescued After 125 Foot Fall

The Badlands search and rescue team responded to a mutual aid request by the Oglala Sioux Tribe mid-day on July 11th to assist with an injured hiker.

The 26-year old man had been hiking with three others and fell approximately 125 feet into a rugged canyon on Sheep Mountain Table, later determined to be on the boundary of Badlands National Park and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

SAR team members Tyson Nehrin and Ryan Frum repelled down and conducted the initial patient assessment, noting significant trauma to the patient’s head and an altered level of consciousness.  A paramedic from Black Hills Life Flight also repelled down and provided advanced life support.

Ranger Danny Baker, incident commander,  requested a Black Hawk medivac through the South Dakota National Guard to conduct a hoist operation. The visitor was successfully lifted into the Black Hawk along with the flight medic and transported to Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Responding agencies included the Oglala Sioux Tribal Police Department, Badlands SAR, Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Interior Volunteer Fire Department, Pennington County SAR, Rapid Valley Fire Department, South Dakota National Guard and Black Hills Life Flight.

Grand Teton National Park (WY)
Three Missing Sisters Found After Multi-Day Search

A large-scale, multi-day search for three missing sisters began on Tuesday, July 7th, after the girls’ mother notified Grand Teton National Park that they were overdue from a backpacking trip in the Teton area. Concern for their welfare mounted after they failed to meet their mother for a planned rendezvous in Chicago before a flight to Switzerland.

Rangers initially combed parking lots, trailheads and developed areas in the park to locate the vehicle in which they were traveling, but failed to find their SUV. On Wednesday, July 8th, the search expanded beyond Grand Teton, and the Teton County sheriff took over as the SAR incident commander after the girls’ SUV turned up at a trailhead on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, about 30 miles south of Jackson, Wyoming.

A total of 43 Grand Teton National Park personnel, along with a Teton Interagency contract helicopter, joined additional Teton County and Bridger-Teton National Forest searchers during the extensive search effort that lasted all day Wednesday and well into Thursday morning. Search personnel consisted of ground crews, dog teams, riders on horseback, and the interagency helicopter. Crews focused on nine search areas south-southeast of the Jackson area in the Gros Ventre Wilderness of Bridger-Teton National Forest.

The search for three missing sisters culminated when they were found at 10 a.m. on July 9th after a helpful tip from an area outfitter redirected the search effort. Megan Andrews-Sharer, 25, and her sisters Erin, 22, and Kelsi, 16, were spotted by searchers during a reconnaissance flight over a remote area in upper Horse Creek drainage, approximately seven miles west of where their vehicle was found on July 8th at the Swift Creek trailhead.

The hikers were cold, wet, and hungry but otherwise healthy, having spent several rainy and chilly nights in the backcountry. The girls left with appropriate clothing, a tent, sleeping bags, a water purifier, and other equipment for their multi-day trip, and these provisions allowed them to survive their unexpected situation. By staying together, using their tent, and rationing their food, they were able to wait for help to arrive. Shortly after they were spotted, the girls were flown to the Swift Creek trailhead and reunited with their father.

Searchers later learned that the three girls lost the trail on July 4th and decided to stick together and stay put in an effort to be more easily found and to not get into further trouble. This decision greatly increased their odds of being found. Their one significant mistake was not telling anyone what trailhead they were leaving from and their intended route.  Finding the SUV at the trailhead proved to be helpful because it reduced the search area from the 3.7 million acres and every highway between Jackson, Wyoming and Chicago, Illinois, to a search area of roughly 100 square miles.

The Andrews family gave a final press conference on July 10th in Jackson, which was well attended as this incident attracted both local and national media attention. The girls’ father wanted an opportunity to meet the agencies involved in the search and to thank them in front of the media. He specifically and favorably noted the support and substantial participation by NPS staff during the press conference.

This incident served as another great example of interagency cooperation among Grand Teton National Park, the Investigative Services Branch, the National Elk Refuge, Bridger Teton National Forest and the Teton County Sheriff’s office.

Missing toddler SAR suspended- http://www.kpax.com/story/29530595/grandma-of-missing-2-year-old-he-just-vanished

SAR suspended in Big Sur http://www.ksbw.com/news/big-sur-hiker-missing-5-days/34142814

Lightning strikes hikers – http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/2-struck-by-lightning-on-14er-in-chaffee-county

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

Michel Morin, fisherman who was rescued by helicopter from the River Avon at The Dell Farm, Kirkmichael, Glenlivet, with the winchman during the rescue. Video by Christina Stewart, local resident.

Image: https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/moray/640719/angler-rescued-from-rapids-on-moray-river/

Hunter-gatherer – 

Fisherman rescued – https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/moray/640719/angler-rescued-from-rapids-on-moray-river/

Fishermen rescued off coast – http://www.cp24.com/news/three-canadian-fishermen-rescued-off-massachusetts-coast-1.2479081

Climbing – 

Zion National Park (UT)
Canyoneer Dies Following Heaps Canyon Fall

Zion National Park was alerted to an injured canyoneer in Heaps Canyon mid-day on Saturday, July 12th. The 24-year-old Las Vegas man had apparently taken a 100-200 foot un-roped fall into a side canyon at approximately 7 p.m. the previous day. Three companions descended to him; one stayed with the injured man while the other two members of the party continued on through Heaps Canyon to get help.

Heaps Canyon is a strenuous, challenging technical canyon with an approximate 3000-foot descent. It usually takes 12 to 20 hours to complete, consists of a number of rappels into cold water, and ends with a final 280-foot rappel to the Upper Emerald Pool area.

Rescue efforts started early Sunday. With assistance from Grand Canyon National Park, a short-haul helicopter was sent to assist. Two Zion search and rescue team members were short-hauled into the canyon above. When they rappelled down they found the man deceased.

Climber rescued – http://www.pnj.com/story/news/local/escambia-county/2015/07/19/kayaker-causes-water-rescue-near/30393571/

Climber rescued – http://www.aspentimes.com/news/17325188-113/climber-rescued-on-independence-pass

Vehicles – 

Small plane crash in SE Alaska – http://www.ktva.com/5-involved-in-southeast-alaska-plane-crash-out-of-juneau-950/

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