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Survival Weekly – 11/3/15…

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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 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 – 

Missing hiker stays warm by hiking all night – http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/local/lost-hiker-in-teanaway-treks-miles-overnight-to-safety/article_5c6cf468-79a6-11e5-ac34-9f316aa941d3.html

News – 

P-SAR at Pinnacles – http://benitolink.com/pinnacles-national-park-preventative-search-and-rescue-volunteers-needed

K-VRS hiring three positions – http://www.wbir.com/story/money/2015/10/28/knoxville-volunteer-rescue-squad-adds-3-paid-positions/74766068/

PJ’s mission in Afghanistan changing – https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2015/10/27/how-this-elite-air-force-rescue-squadrons-mission-has-evolved-in-afghanistan/

Water Safety –

Whale watching vessel sinks – http://woodtv.com/2015/10/26/canadian-officials-whale-vessel-sinks-5-dead-21-rescued/

SAR for missing surfer – http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/30387805/crews-searching-for-legendary-surfer-ace-cool-after-he-fails-to-return-from-surfing-trip

SAR for missing boater – http://abc7news.com/news/search-to-resume-for-missing-boater-off-tomales-bay–/1052570/

Water SAR – http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/Search-rescue-operation-near-Burry-Port-Harbour/story-28036587-detail/story.html

Hiking – 

Body of hiker recovered – http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/search-and-rescue-teams-find-body-of-missing-b-c-hiker-in-crevasse-near-pemberton

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

Hunter-gatherer – 

Missing elk hunter found – http://www.kbzk.com/story/30345207/missing-hunter-found-in-the-bridger-mountains

Body of missing hunter recovered – http://herald-review.com/news/local/missing-hunter-found-dead-in-creek/article_2be242de-7bf0-11e5-bee3-df4b859394c8.html

Missing mushroom hunter found – http://www.pqbnews.com/news/337543121.html

Two mushroom hunters rescued – http://www.oregonlive.com/clackamascounty/index.ssf/2015/10/search_crews_looking_for_two_m.html

Missing hunter found –  http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/714f5098344a498da6119ecfe8e97a9c/MT–Lost-Hunter

Climbing – 

Vehicles – 

 SAR for missing plane – http://www.wxxv25.com/mostpopular/story/Search-and-Rescue-in-Jackson-County/-gWl6UWD50iFd6UxZ44TyQ.cspx

ATV rider found – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/missing-ross-river-woman-rose-caesar-medevaced-to-whitehorse-1.3299143

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.htm

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Survival Weekly – 10/21/15…

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Welcome to another edition of Survival Weekly, where the real wilderness survival “reality show” plays out everyday, in the wild places around our world. These unscripted stories will give you insight to the true threats and challenges you may face 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 – 

Hikers fall when suspension bridge cable breaks –  http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/09/travel/bridge-collapse-in-new-zealand/

Survival 101 grad finds missing boy. Way to go Sean!! –  http://www.wbir.com/story/news/local/2015/10/20/knoxville-police-searching-missing-child-who-has-autism/74289558/

News – 

China charges rescued hikers – http://english.cri.cn/12394/2015/10/16/4021s899826.htm

Cell phones and Blackhawks – http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/environment/3603321-151/cell-service-black-hawk-key-to-mountain-rescues#

Water Safety –

SAR for missing sailors – http://citizen.co.za/824010/two-sailors-missing-off-eastern-cape-coast/

Search continues for missing boater – http://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/5971958-week-long-search-for-missing-newmarket-boater-continues-on-lake-simcoe/

Hiking – 

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

Hunter-gatherer – 

Prospector rescued – http://www.mymotherlode.com/news/local/251335/search-and-rescue-recovers-injured-prospector.html

Missing fishermen – https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/major-search-and-rescue-operation-continues-for-missing-fishermen-avid-060a2b340101010501010f1013-000000-cda0f8f4e1df0094-ccb90060dd44-a8b1.html

Duck hunter rescued – http://www.wnem.com/story/30290704/duck-hunter-teenage-son-rescued

Injured hunter rescued – http://www.pagosasun.com/hunter-rescued-in-piedra-area/

Injured hunter rescued after fall – http://www.taosnews.com/news/article_5598a1a8-7778-11e5-a156-6fcd35b1279d.html

Climbing – 

Vehicles – 

 Horse rider rescued –   http://www.durangoherald.com/article/20151018/NEWS01/151019644/-1/news01&source=RSS

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.htm

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Survival Weekly – 8/7/15… 2 year blog anniversary!!

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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 – 

And now for a 2 year  BigPigBlog anniversary rant..

Surviving a wilderness emergency has been romanticized in our culture to the point there are TV shows and experts recommending primitive and bushcraft skills to people during a wilderness emergency. If you are involved in search and rescue or a reader of Survival Weekly, you will surely see the folly in the following quote:

“McKinley told the class that learning about primitive skills allows a person to not spend their money on gear to survive in the wild, but to take the opportunity to build and create the means of survival by utilizing the natural surroundings”

I am going to give McKinley the benefit of the doubt that the journalist spun the story to be trendy, as readinding the rest of the article, I believe his real intentions are to get people outside and connecting with nature. However, I can’t let that quote slide by without addressing it’s gross negligance.

By definition, a “survival situation” would be life-threatening incident. I would also throw out that they are “unplanned”, as most people try to avoid death.

Native people and mountain men carried cutting edge equipment of their time. It just so happened, that friction fire and flint and steel, was their best technology.

Try carving a friction fire set and starting a fire with a “simulated” broken wrist. Try it while shivering uncontrollaby, or better yet, when your kids are shivering and it’s raining.

Try building a debris hut when everything is soaked, you have thirty minutes until dark, and your family is with you.

Try coal burning a container and rock boiling water when you are dehydrated.

Then try all the same with a lighter, a contractor bag, and water purification pills for your canteen you brought, which all together cost you, maybe $10.

In fifteen years of search & rescue and two years of reporting Survival Weekly, I have yet to see an incident where someone miraculously finds themselves in a survival situation, naked, without some sort of equipment.

I love primitive skills, bushcraft, foraging, hunting and trapping, but I keep it all in context and realize that in most modern scenarios, those skills should not be prioritized over good decision making in regards to planning and gear.

The real lesson from learning primitive skills is when you realize how much time and effort they require and that you wouldn’t want to bet your life or your family’s on them.

Article:

http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/catwalkchatt/news/outdoor-survival-walker-county-emergency-services-hosts-class-on-primitive/article_caa55270-3ab0-11e5-812a-1717ee41941e.html

Also featured:

Tracking helps find lost biker – “Around 10 p.m. rescuers saw foot prints and a bike tire imprint leading up one of the small creek beds.” –    http://www.4029tv.com/news/search-and-rescue-teams-in-carroll-county-locate-biker-lost-on-trails/34527182

News – 

New ELT’s coming – http://www.cbs19.tv/story/29685191/researchers-testing-newly-designed-homing-beacons-to-aid-in-search-and-rescue

Water Safety – 

Drowning victim recovered – http://journaltimes.com/news/local/search-continues-for-wind-lake-drowning-victim/article_bca277e0-88cf-567d-8e6c-8f6330417e3f.html

Jet skier rescued from cell phone “ping” – http://www.insidenova.com/headlines/cell-phone-ping-leads-rescue-crews-to-missing-jet-skier/article_1c6b765e-392e-11e5-8a3b-ebd326fb8bcc.html

SAR suspended for missing Florida teens – http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20150801/search-suspended-for-missing-florida-teens

Water rescue – http://www.kval.com/news/local/Search-and-Rescue-She-thinks-that-lifejacket-probably-saved-her-life-320569592.html

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Hiking – 

Death Valley National Park (CA)
Mother And Child Rescued From Trail In Extreme Heat Conditions

On the afternoon of Monday, August 3rd, rangers received a report that a mother and son were experiencing severe heat exhaustion on the Golden Canyon Trail, a popular hiking route in Death Valley.

The father, now at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center, left his family on the trail and sought help when his wife and son were too exhausted to continue. Rangers responded to the visitor center and learned that the eight-year-old child and 49-year-old mother had just a half liter of water between them when the father left them an hour previously. The father also said that his wife and son had been vomiting and had been on the trail since 9 a.m. The air temperature at the time was 120 F.

Rangers immediately responded and began hiking the trail, carrying copious amounts of water and medical supplies. After roughly thirty minutes of searching, the rangers located the mother and son, who were lying face down in the shade of a cliff face. Both were responsive but were completely out of water.

Rangers administered care to both mother and son, who were stable and denied throwing up. Once they had been cooled, the rangers assisted them in walking out of the canyon. When they arrived at the ambulance, staged at the entrance to the canyon, the mother declined any further medical care for her and her son.

Badlands National Park (SD)
Search For Missing Man Suspended

On Friday, July 31st, rangers suspended the search for 39-year-old Joshua Jacobsen of Lincoln, Nebraska, due to lack of physical evidence.

Jacobsen was reported missing by his family on July 16th. During the week of July 27th, rangers, along with members of the Pennington County search and rescue team, conducted focused operations within the 64,000-acre Sage Creek Wilderness using a cadaver dog team from Estes Park, Colorado.  The South Dakota National Guard also conducted grid searches with a Lakota to follow-up on bones observed during a prior flight.  The bones were later determined to be from a buffalo.

Close to 50 searchers have participated in operations since July 17th and more than 20 flight hours were logged by the South Dakota National Guard.  Rangers are continuing to investigate the case with the FBI and Pennington County Sheriff’s Department.

Joshua Tree National Park (CA)
Hiker Suffers Fatal Heart Attack

A 73-year-old Louisiana woman suffered a fatal heart attack while hiking with family on the 49 Palms Oasis trail on Monday, July 27th.

Park staff, Joshua Tree National Park Search and Rescue, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and members of the Twentynine Palms Fire Department responded and administered CPR, but the woman did not respond.

Two other members of the hiking party were transported by Morongo Basin Ambulance and treated for heat-related issues at Hi Desert Medical Center.

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

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Hunter-gatherer – 

Berry picker rescued – http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Berry-picker-87-goes-missing-near-Trout-Lake-320357241.html

Climbing – 

Fatal climbing accident – http://www.crestoneeagle.com/hiker-killed-in-fall-on-crestone-peak-search-rescue-teams-respond-to-numerous-incidents/

Fall kills teen – http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-search-and-rescue-team-with-pueblo-unit-to-recover-hikers-body/article/1556717

Vehicles – 

 Lake Mead National Recreation Area – NV, AZ
Bodies Of Two People Found In Stuck Minivan

The bodies of a man and woman from Golden Valley, Arizona, were found near Greggs Hideout in Lake Mead National Recreation Area on Sunday, August 2nd.

Park dispatch received a call just before 5 p.m. reporting that bodies of the two people were found in a minivan by a third party who was passing through.

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office deputies and National Park Service rangers responded and located the pair in a minivan that was stuck in the dirt on Salt Spring Wash Road. They appeared to have died from environmental exposure. Only two bottles of water were found at the scene and there was no cell phone coverage in the area.

The Mohave County Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death and confirm the victims’ identities. The incident is under investigation.

Glider crash with rescue – http://news.hjnews.com/allaccess/glider-crashes-into-mountain-near-hyde-park-canyon/article_3996c6e9-c166-5eed-8164-e4d5258dcb73.html

Injured dirtbiker rescued – http://airmedandrescue.com/story/tect-rescue-airlifts-injured-biker1170

Pilot rescued after helicopter crash – http://flatheadbeacon.com/2015/08/05/helicopter-crashes-in-beaver-lake-near-whitefish/

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Survival Weekly – 7/13/15…

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

Featured – 

BigPig Outdoors Survivor Award goes to this champ!! Giving birth in the wilderness while surviving – http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/woman-lost-northern-california-forest-gives-birth-starts-wildfire-n384851

News – 

Go Smokies!!  – http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2015/07/07/smokies-among-busiest-national-parks-rescues/29815445/

Drone used in river rescue – http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/2/8882595/drone-rescue-life-jacket-stranded

Good article on smartphones and GPS apps – http://blog.hyperlitemountaingear.com/the-best-gps-device-you-already-own-it/?utm_source=Hyperlite+Mountain+Gear+Newsletter&utm_campaign=98061f1dd7-2015_Thru_Hike_2_6_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_34926e808c-98061f1dd7-322889641&ct=t%28Stripped_Down_44_11_2015%29&mc_cid=98061f1dd7&mc_eid=f6f597014f#more-3304

Water Safety – 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Kayaker Dies In Accident On Little Pigeon River

Rangers responded to a report of a kayak accident on the evening of July 2nd in the Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River in the Greenbrier section of the park.

Kenneth C. Worthington, 53, of Apex, North Carolina, capsized his kayak and floated to the river edge, where friends pulled him from the river. Rangers, Gatlinburg Police Department officers, and Gatlinburg Fire Department personnel performed CPR on Worthington before he was transported to LeConte Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (NC)
Three Visitors Injured In Separate Shark Encounters

Between June 26th and July 1st, visitors were injured in three separate encounters with sharks off park beaches:

  • On the morning of Friday, June 26th, the park received a report from the Dare County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center of a person apparently injured by a shark approximately one mile north of the Avon Fishing Pier.  Hatteras Island Rescue Squad paramedics and NPS rangers responded to the scene.  The victim, a 47-year-old man, had been swimming with others when the incident occurred.  He received various injuries to his right leg and lower back.  He was treated at the scene and then transported by ambulance and air flight to Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, for further care.
  • On the following Saturday afternoon, Dare County 911 again advised the park that several EMS units were headed to the beach, this time near Waves, North Carolina, to treat an injured teenager. Ocean Rescue Squad paramedics and NPS rangers found that a 17-year-old boy had sustained injuries from a shark.  He was swimming with several others when the incident occurred, but no other swimmers were injured.  The victim received various injuries to his right calf, buttocks and both hands.  He was treated at the scene and then transported by life flight to Norfolk, Virginia, for further care.
  • Three days later, on July 1st, yet another call came in of an injured person, this time near the lifeguarded beach at Ocracoke. Rangers, lifeguards and responding emergency personnel determined that a 68-year old man had been injured by a shark. He had been swimming approximately 25 to 30 feet offshore in about waist-deep water with his adult son at the time. There were no other swimmers injured.  The victim received various injuries to his left lower torso and hip, lower left leg, and both hands.  He was treated at the scene and then transported by ambulance to the Ocracoke Airport for transport by East Care Airflight to Vidant Memorial Center, in Greenville, North Carolina, for further medical treatment.

“While the National Park Service does not know why there has been an increase of these incidents, we do want to make sure our visitors are aware of them and have a safe visit to the national seashore,” said Superintendent David Hallac. “We can never guarantee anyone’s safety when they enter the water.  The only way to be sure you do not encounter sharks or other marine wildlife that may be harmful to humans is to stay out of the water.”

The park has increased the number of visitor contacts on the beaches and posted information at key locations for visitors.

Grand Canyon National Park (AZ)
Visitors Rescued From Stuck Raft

On June 22nd, two visitors on a non-commercial river trip pinned their raft on rocks near the top of the Colorado River’s Hance Rapids. Unable to free themselves from this dangerous situation, the trip leader called for assistance.

River Rangers Bryan Stone and Dave Loeffler were flown to the scene with an inflatable Zodiac rescue boat and attempted unsuccessfully to reach the stuck visitors. Stone was subsequently inserted onto the stuck raft via helicopter short-haul and facilitated the extrication of the visitors via short-haul.

With reduced weight on the raft and a rising water level, the raft floated downstream the following morning after several interesting variations in the way it was pinned.

As the flight crew was flying to Hance Rapids to assist with the raft recovery and removal of the Zodiac, they diverted to a report of a capsized dory in Crystal Rapids with two visitors sitting atop the vessel. Upon arrival at Crystal Rapids, they found that the situation had self-resolved, as the two visitors had been swept into the river and rescued by their companions.  Rangers James Thompson and Erika Andersson served as the incident commanders.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area — NV, AZ
Search In Progress For Missing Man

Rangers are searching for a man who was last seen in the water in the Boulder Basin of Lake Mead.

On the afternoon of July 5th, park dispatch received a call from a person who reported that a man had jumped off a boat into the water and failed to resurface. Witnesses said he was wearing a lifejacket, but it came off when he jumped into the water.

Rangers, Coast Guard personnel, and Nevada Department of Wildlife game wardens responded and began searching for the missing man, who is believed to be about a half mile from the shoreline in an area that is 80 to 160 feet deep.

Crews are continuing to search the area. The incident is under investigation.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area – NV, AZ
Body Of Teenager Recovered From Lake Mohave

The body of a 17-year-old boy from North Las Vegas was recovered from Lake Mohave on July 1st.

The boy went underwater while swimming across Morning Star Cove on the previous afternoon and failed to resurface. He was with a group of friends who were cliff jumping in the Placer Cove area who’d decided to try to swim across Morning Star Cove to another cliff about 50 yards away. The teen started having difficulties. Two other friends took turns trying to help him to safety, but they could not hold on and he went underwater.

Rangers conducted an immediate search. Using sonar, search crews located what they believed to be the body around 7:30 p.m. on June 30th. Since there is little to no visibility underwater at night, the search was postponed until daylight.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Search and Rescue divers located the body underwater late on the morning of July 1st. He was not wearing a life jacket.

Missing swimmers and body recoveries –

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Hiking – 

Yellowstone National Park (ID,MT,WY)
Two People Injured After Approaching Bison

Two people were injured after getting too close to bison in separate incidents over the last two weeks. The first encounter occurred on June 23rd when an off-duty concession employee came upon a bison while walking off trail after dark in the Lower Geyser Basin area; the second incident occurred on July 1st when a visitor encountered a bison while hiking the Storm Point trail in the Yellowstone Lake area.

The first incident happened when a 19-year-old visitor and three friends were returning to their car after swimming in the Firehole River late at night. The girl and a companion were walking in the dark when they came upon a bison lying down about 10 feet from them. The companion turned and ran from the bison, but before the girl could react, the bison charged her and tossed her in the air.

The girl’s friends helped her to their car and drove back to Canyon Village, where all four live and work. At Canyon, the girl went to bed, but awoke a short time later feeling ill. Around one in the morning, the party called the Yellowstone Interagency Communication Center asking for medical help. Rangers transported her by ambulance to a hospital outside the park. She was was treated for minor injuries and released later that day.

The second incident occurred when a 68-year-old visitor was hiking on the Storm Point trail, approximately 300 yards from the trailhead, and encountered a bison near the trail. The woman continued on the trail; as she passed the bison, it charged and gored her. A witness ran up the trail to report the incident to an interpretive ranger leading a hike in the area. Shortly before 4:30 p.m., the ranger reported the incident to the Yellowstone Interagency Communication Center. Due to serious injuries, the woman was transported to Lake Clinic by ambulance and then flown to a hospital outside the park.

These were the third and fourth bison encounters to occur in Yellowstone National Park this summer. The other two occurred when visitors in the Old Faithful area approached too close to bison. Both visitors in those incidents were flown to a hospital due to their injuries.

Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
Park’s SAR Team Makes Two Same-Day Rescues

Members of the park’s search and rescue team responded to two separate falling incidents just hours apart on Sunday, June 28th.

At 9:30 a.m., rangers were notified by cell phone that a 48-year-old man had taken a 50-foot fall while backcountry skiing on Sundance Mountain and had suffered numerous injuries. SAR personnel reached him at 11:45 a.m. They performed a technical evacuation, lowering him through snow, rocks and dense brush and eventually reaching Old Fall River Road at 7:30 p.m. He was taken by ambulance to Estes Park Medical Center.  Twenty people were involved in this rescue. Park search and rescue team members were assisted by two members of Douglas County Search and Rescue.

At noon, rangers were notified via another cell phone call that a 24-year-old man had taken a 150-foot tumbling fall down The Homestretch on the Keyhole Route on Longs Peak.  Rangers were able to speak with him; he told them that he’d suffered injuries but would attempt to continue down on his own.  Rangers left the Longs Peak Trailhead with the intent to assist him, but their efforts were hampered by severe weather and lightning.  Rangers reached him at 8:30 p.m. at the Keyhole.  They assisted him through The Boulder Field and spent the night in the Boulder Field with him.  At 8:00 a.m. on Monday morning, he was flown by Lifeguard One to Medical Center of the Rockies.  Park SAR team members were assisted by four members of Larimer County Search and Rescue.

Ice cave collapse kills one, injures four – http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/2015/07/06/collapse-ice-caves/29798495/

Three sisters get lost in Tetons – http://www.startribune.com/sisters-rescued-in-wyoming-woods-relied-on-faith-experience/313336761/

Dehydration kills – http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0PJ2P120150709?irpc=932

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

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Hunter-gatherer – 

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park (CO)
Visitor Seriously Injured In Deer Attack

During the early afternoon hours of June 30th, a park visitor was attacked by a doe mule deer in the South Rim Campground. The woman was walking two small dogs on a leash when she was knocked to the ground by the deer. The deer then trampled the woman with its hooves, causing life threatening injuries.

Luckily, a campground host and other visitors heard the woman screaming and were able to chase off the attacking deer. Rangers quickly controlled her profuse bleeding and stabilized her; she was then taken by ambulance to a hospital and went into surgery.

Investigation revealed this deer was likely protecting its newborn fawn from visitors with dogs. Multiple minor incidents involving visitors with dogs preceded the attack on the woman and her dog in the campground.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers subsequently shot the deer after it charged two CPW officers who had a leashed dog with them. The woman is expected to make a full recovery.

Climbing – 

Grand Teton National Park (WY)
Climber Seriously Injured In Rockfall

A large boulder struck and seriously injured a climber during a rockfall yesterday morning. Michael Polmear, 27, of Bethesda, Maryland, was ascending the Middle Teton near its black dike feature when a boulder—described by his wife, Stephanie, as “the size of five to six microwave ovens”—suddenly rolled down slope toward Polmear and hit his left arm, causing severe injuries.

A former park employee, who happened to be nearby, reported hearing the rockfall and a subsequent call for help at approximately 8:30 a.m. He immediately made his way to the rockfall site and began to help Stephanie Polmear stabilize her husband’s injured arm. He placed an emergency call to Teton Interagency Dispatch Center at 9:00 a.m. that activated a rescue response by park rangers with aerial support from a Teton Interagency contract helicopter. At the request of Grand Teton’s rescue coordinator, this first responder moved Polmear roughly 200 feet away from the accident site because of concern for additional rockfall activity.

Stephanie Polmear reported that she was belaying her husband up the initial pitch of the Black Dike route on the Middle Teton and that he was approximately 30 to 35 meters above her when the boulder came crashing down the slope without warning. Fortunately, Stephanie was not hit by any of the debris. Although severely injured, Michael used his non-injured arm to create an anchor and his wife was able to lower him by rope to her location.

Three park rangers were flown to a provisional helispot near the Cave Couloir at the base of the Middle Teton (approximately 600 linear feet and 300 vertical feet from Polmear) at 10:00 a.m. They provided emergency medical care, stabilized Polmear’s injured arm and helped him traverse the distance to the waiting helicopter. Polmear, accompanied by one attending ranger, was flown to the Jenny Lake Rescue Cache at Lupine Meadows, where he was then transferred to a park ambulance and transported to St. John’s Medical Center. Once the helicopter cleared the mountain helispot, the other two rangers ascended from the accident site to the Lower Saddle of the Grand Teton to begin a scheduled backcountry patrol.

The cause of the sudden rockfall is undetermined. However, recent thunderstorms and a sequence of mountain showers may have loosened the boulder and nearby soils. It appears that Polmear was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time when this natural event took place.

Cave rescued launched – http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Children-missing-cave-spark-search-rescue/story-26841795-detail/story.html

Recovery of canyoneer – http://fox13now.com/2015/07/12/rescue-crews-recover-body-of-man-who-fell-100-feet-in-zion/

Fatal rapelling incident – http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/poor-rappel-setup-led-to-asu-students-fatal-fall-7468789?utm_content=buffer6110c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Vehicles – 

 Craters Of The Moon National Monument & Preserve (ID)
Pilot Killed In Plane Crash In Park

On the evening of July 2nd, the National Park Service was informed of a missing plane with a last known location over Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve.

The Civil Air Patrol searched the last known area until dark and then resumed searching on the following day. They soon reported possible wreckage in the Laidlaw Park area of the park. A ranger was given the latitude and longitude and traveled to the area by vehicle, then was directed to the location by a circling Civil Air Patrol plane.  The ranger confirmed the wreckage and one fatality.

The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Aviation Administration are leading the investigation.

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (PA)
Driver Killed By Falling Tree

Manual L. Loureiro, 31, of Bushkill, Pennsylvania, was fatally injured in a one car motor vehicle accident on Route 209 just south of the Bushkill Meeting Center around 6 a.m. yesterday.  Loureiro was traveling southbound on Route 209 when his vehicle was struck by a falling tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Monroe County coroner.

Bushkill Fire Department responded to the scene within minutes, with Bushkill Ambulance, Pennsylvania State Police, and National Park Service rangers also responding.  Route 209 was closed for several hours, but has since reopened.

Man and dog rescued from sea – http://www.itv.com/news/2015-07-12/us-coast-guard-rescues-man-and-his-dog-after-days-stranded-at-sea/

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Survival Weekly – 4/7/15…

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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 – 

Two months lost at sea – http://www.cbsnews.com/news/rescued-north-carolina-boater-louis-jordan-explains-how-he-survived-for-66-days/

Doubters – http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/04/05/why-skeptics-think-a-south-carolina-sailor-lied-about-being-lost-at-sea-for-66-days/

News – 

Article on “arm chair quarterbacking” SAR stories – http://www.timesunion.com/tuplus-sports/article/Outdoors-Stranded-hikers-shouldn-t-shoulder-6174753.php#photo-7755040

Drone stuff – http://www.startupsmart.com.au/growth/start-up-profiles/aussie-drone-startup-assists-new-zealand-search-and-rescue-operation/2015040214462.html

Water Safety – 

Lake Mead National Recreation Area – NV, AZ
Teen Dies In Jump From Cliff Into Lake Mohave

A body has been recovered in Placer Cove on Lake Mohave where a teen disappeared on April 1st after jumping from a cliff.

Rangers began searching the area around 12:30 p.m.  after witnesses said a teen jumped from a cliff to help a swimmer below. The swimmer made it to safety, but witnesses said the teen was seen going underwater.

Rangers located the body underwater using sonar and called in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Search and Rescue Dive Team for support. The dive team recovered the body.

The Clark County Medical Examiner will confirm the victim’s identity and determine the cause of death. The incident is under investigation.

Recovery from lake – http://www.twcnews.com/nc/triad/news/2015/04/2/rescue-crews-find-body-of-missing-greensboro-man.html

Recovery from coastal cliffs – http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/berwick-cliff-death-16-year-old-boy-8983863

Coast guard rescues two – http://www.click2houston.com/news/two-men-rescued-by-coast-guard-on-island-in-san-antonio-bay/32206052

Coast Guard rescues four – http://www.app.com/story/news/crime/jersey-mayhem/2015/04/06/coast-guard-rescues-shrewsbury-river/25349663/

SAR for missing six year old – http://www.kdlt.com/news/local-news/yankton-missing-child-update/32211268

Winter Sports – 

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Hiking – 

Two Rescued from Smokies Backcountry

Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers and members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol Special Operations and Aviation Section rescued two individuals from the park’s backcountry near the Spence Field Shelter on Saturday.  At 6:10 a.m. park dispatch received a call from an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker advising of a pair of hikers in distress near Spence Field Shelter.

The hikers, a father and son, got separated from a third member of their party while trying to make their way from Derrick Knob Shelter to Spence Field Shelter on Friday night, a distance of 6.3 miles. After leaving Derrick Knob the weather deteriorated and the hikers were left traversing over rocky terrain in the dark, driving rain and thunderstorms. Only one member of the party made it to Spence Field Shelter as planned.

In the morning thru-hikers, headed Northbound from Spence Field, were on the lookout for the two hikers that had not made it the night before, and quickly came upon the first individual, who had a knee injury and could not walk unassisted. Not long after the call came in to dispatch of the initial party, other hikers found the father farther north near Thunderhead Mountain.

Two rangers responded on horseback from Cades Cove with a wrangler from the Cades Cove Riding Stables. The hiker with the knee injury was taken out on horseback, while rangers continued on foot to assess the condition of the father who was several miles down the AT. After an assessment by park rangers, it was determined that air extrication would be the best option for rescue.

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

Hunter-gatherer – 

Missing crabber http://www.witn.com/home/headlines/Search-underway-for-man-who-went-missing-in-Neuse-River-298663151.html

Russian trawler crew rescued – http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-32168406

Climbing – 

Joshua Tree National Park (CA)
Teenager Wedged Into Rocks Rescued Via Interagency Effort

On Thursday, April 2nd, a 17-year-old hiker became wedged between rocks while scrambling in the Johnson Canyon area of the park. The incident was reported to 911 late in the afternoon.

Several agencies responded, including Morongo Basin Ambulance, Twentynine Palms Fire Department, Marine Corps Air and Ground Combat Center Fire and Rescue, and National Park Service search and rescue rangers and volunteers.

During the six-hour rescue, a mechanical advantage system was applied to no avail, requiring the MCAGCC team to utilize a pneumatic chisel. The hiker was successfully freed and walked out on his own, with only minor scrapes and bruises.

“It’s great to have the relationships the park has with other local agencies,” said Mike Shuman, park ranger and IC. “Their equipment and expertise was key in the rescue and the favorable outcome.”

Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
Climber Suffers Multiple Injuries In Fall

The park received a 911 call reporting a falling accident above The Loch late on the morning of Tuesday, March 31st.

It was later determined that 28-year-old Janet Heung of Boulder, Colorado, took an 80 to 100 foot roped fall near or on a climbing route called Deep Freeze. She was with a climbing partner at the time.

Heung was located in steep scree roughly 500 feet above The Loch on Thatchtop Mountain. The Loch is three miles from the Glacier Gorge Trailhead. Rangers reached her at 2:30 p.m.; they found that she’d sustained numerous injuries but was conscious.

Rangers lowered Heung down a steep scree slope to The Loch, where an air ambulance was able to land on the frozen lake. At a little after 7 p.m., Flight for Life transported her to St. Anthony’s Hospital.

Fortunately, weather conditions and the location were conducive for assistance from a helicopter.  Otherwise, it would have been an even lengthier rescue operation. A total of eighteen rescue personnel had reached the Glacier Gorge Trailhead by approximately 8 p.m., including the park SAR team, Larimer County Search and Rescue and Rocky Mountain Rescue.

Lava Beds National Monument (CA)
Child Rushed To Hospital After Fall In Park Cave

A five-year-old Klamath Falls boy fell approximately 20 feet while exploring a lava tube cave with his family on Friday, March 27th.

Park rangers were the first on the scene. Emergency crews were contacted and the child was flown via helicopter to Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls and transferred to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, where he is now recovering.

Park staff are investigating the circumstances of the incident.  Of the approximately 135,000 visitors that visit Lava Beds each year, about 25,000 visit Skull Cave.  It is a popular cave due to its large entrance and ice floor.  There are no records of a similar incident occurring in Skull Cave.

Injured canyoneer rescued – http://fox13now.com/2015/04/03/search-and-rescue-extracts-man-from-bottom-of-canyon-at-zion-national-park/

Vehicles – 

High angle rescue MVA – http://www.azfamily.com/story/28700795/3-rescued-after-car-goes-over-cliff-near-strawberry

Rescue of mountain biker – http://www.pe.com/articles/officials-764036-linda-loma.htm

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Survival Weekly – 3/31/15…

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

Featured – 

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

News – 

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

Water Safety – 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winter Sports – 

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

Hiking – 

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

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

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

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

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

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

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Hunter-gatherer – 

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

Climbing – 

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

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

Vehicles – 

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

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

Urban – 

Missing dementia and Alzheimer’s patients –  

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Survival Weekly – 3/17/15…

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

Featured – 

I have followed this search, because like the victim, I have a passion for hunting/trapping and sometimes my adventures are by canoe. 

3 1/2 month Search resolved – http://snewsi.com/all/tag/Medard+Kowalski

Body of missing hunter found – http://www.ydr.com/local/ci_27719585/coroner-called-incident-york-haven

News – 

Not a substitute for a good trip plan, but a valuable tactic if you have cell service – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/trailheadselfie-suggested-by-coquitlam-search-and-rescue-1.2995140

Cellular booster on a drone –http://www.richmondreview.com/business/296260251.html

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Water Safety – 

Remains of missing divers found – http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/remains-found-at-site-of-diver-disappearance-at-cape-schanck-on-mornington-peninsula-20150314-1442hk.html

Recovery of missing kayaker –http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-31881419

Crew of tugboat rescued – http://www.app.com/story/news/crime/jersey-mayhem/2015/03/15/tugboat-sinks/24805889/

Crew of scientists rescued –https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/26677790/wa-reef-scientist-rescued-by-indon-navy/

Surfer rescued –http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/surfer-rescued-after-being-trapped-under-cliffs-of-moher-1.2140488

Recovery of four year old boy –http://kimt.com/2015/03/15/family-friend-boy-dies-after-being-found-in-hancock-county-lake/

Kayakers rescued –http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/five-boaters-rescued-in-parry-bay-off-metchosin-1.1793178

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Winter Sports – 

Avalanche safety advice – http://www.policeone.com/police-products/tactical/articles/8433637-Tactics-tips-and-gear-for-avalanche-safety-and-survival/

GoPro footage of avalanche rescues – http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/03/13/06/41/aussie-skier-rescued-after-almost-suffocating-under-snow-in-switzerland

Hiking – 

Hiker’s account of getting lost – http://www.pe.com/articles/mountain-762088-corona-trail.html

Blind hiker rescued – http://globalnews.ca/news/1883320/blind-hiker-rescued-from-the-lions-after-getting-disoriented-on-multi-day-hiking-trip/

Lost & Injured hikers rescued –

Hunter-gatherer – 

Climbing – 

Canyoneering rescue https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2015/03/11/hrc-man-airlifted-to-drmc-after-40-foot-fall-in-johnson-canyon/#.VQjLRo5QMsM

Injured climber rescued – http://www.kptv.com/story/28521541/deputies-injured-climber-rescued-at-smith-rock-state-park

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Vehicles – 

Stranded off-roaders rescued –  https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2015/03/12/rsw-search-and-rescue-assists-in-search-for-2-stranded-men/#.VQjLN45QMsM

Rescue helicopter crashes – http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31889073

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

Small plane crash – http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/four-bodies-recovered-crashed-plane-6256398

Urban – 

Search for missing man resolved – http://www.ldnews.com/local/ci_27717879/searchers-find-east-hanover-missing-man-unhurt

Missing dementia and Alzheimer’s patients –  

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