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Land Navigation classes – 11/11 & 12/2…

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Not all those who wander are lost, but if you want to make it home or to another destination, it is best to spend some time honing your navigation skills.

Join BigPig Outdoors on November 11th or December 2 to learn or polish those skills.

Click here for more info: Land Navigation class

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Fall Foraging & Survival 101 Dates Announced…

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

Survival 101:

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

Fall foraging class will be Saturday, September 24th:

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

 

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

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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 – 

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

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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 – 10/15/15…

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Image: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/11927894/Hunter-lost-in-Australian-wilderness-for-six-days-ate-ants-to-survive.html

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

Featured – 

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/

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

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Survival Weekly – 9/1/15…

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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 –

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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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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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