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Survival Weekly – 1/14/15…

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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 – 

Future Darwin Award winner recounts his survival ordeal – http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/snowmobiler-shares-story-of-survival-stranded-during-snowstorm/30584778

News – 

Contracts awarded for SAR satellite services – http://www.satellitetoday.com/telecom/2015/01/13/techno-sciences-awarded-contracts-totaling-7-5-million-for-satellite-search-and-rescue/

Winter Sports – 

Snowmobile fatality – http://infotel.ca/newsitem/vernon-search-and-rescue-at-the-scene-of-serious-snowmobile-incident/it15930

Hiking – 

Search resumes for missing hiker – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/liang-jin-search-to-resume-in-north-shore-mountains-1.2898972

Hikers rescued – http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/local-news/three-men-rescued-aberdyfi-search-8409702

More hikers rescued – http://www.syracuse.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2015/01/dec_forest_rangers_two_successful_rescue_missions_in_adirondack_high_peaks.html

Hunter-gatherer – 

Eight hunters rescued from ice flow –http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/8-hunters-rescued-from-ice-floe-south-of-coral-harbour-1.2897056

Fisherman airlifted – http://infotel.ca/newsitem/vernon-search-and-rescue-at-the-scene-of-serious-snowmobile-incident/it15930

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SAR Team caught in avalanche during rescue – 

Search and rescue volunteers faced a life-threatening situation when two avalanches fell in the slopes of mountain Esja outside Reykjavík during a rescue operation on Sunday evening. Two of the volunteers were tossed 80 meters (262 feet) with the second avalanche, one of them injuring his leg.

They had been called out because of a hiker, a Norwegian, who had contacted the 112 emergency hotline between 5 and 6 pm on Sunday, requesting help, as he couldn’t find his way down from Esja in the deteriorating weather conditions,visir.is reports.

Over 100 search and rescue volunteers from ICE-SAR were called out to search for the man. It soon turned out that he was located in the innermost part of Blikadalur valley and the volunteers drove there on ski-doos.

Among them were Guðmundur Óli Gunnarsson and Gísli Símonarson. They had driven their ski-doos up a steep slope but had to leave them approximately 500 meters from where the man was located. They continued on foot. Shortly afterwards an avalanche fell, throwing them ten to 15 meters but leaving them unharmed.

“We had to ask ourselves whether we should carry on or back out of the situation. There were only 200 meters left to the location where we thought the man was,” said Guðmundur. They therefore decided to continue. “He had turned cold and said he had never been as happy in his life as when he saw us there.”

Guðmundur and Gísli brought the man to their companions and then returned to pick up their ski-doos. Then a second, and much larger, avalanche fell. “Suddenly everything started moving, the snow just set off all around us and we rolled down some 50 or 80 meters,” Guðmundur recounted.

Guðmundur said they were lucky to have escaped relatively unharmed, although he injured his foot. He described it as a terrible experience to have been caught up in the avalanche and admitted that he had feared for his life at one point.

“Naturally we seriously considered withdrawing our team but we knew that we were very close to the man who was lost and that his condition was unstable. So we jointly decided to carry on and save the man,” Jónas Guðmundsson of ICE-SAR, who directed the rescue operation on Esja on Sunday, told visir.is. He added that if it had taken them a few more hours to get to the man it would have been too late.

“We who live nearby tend to underestimate Esja. It’s a real mountain. [When climbing] we achieve an elevation from zero to almost 1,000 meters [3,280 feet],” Jónas stated.

Gísli pointed out that it’s important that people look at the weather forecast before setting off and make sure that they have the right equipment. “The sun might be shining and the weather be good but during a two to three hour hike the weather can change very quickly.”

ICE-SAR search and rescue teams were called out ten times last year to save hikers from Esja, often under difficult conditions.

Water Safety – 

SAR team recovers body – http://www.wltribune.com/news/287720561.html

Vehicles – 

Driver rescued – http://www.kxii.com/home/headlines/Search-and-rescue-operation-in-Grayson-Co-for-lost-woman-288206091.html

Urban – 

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Survival Weekly – 12/22/14…

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

Featured – 

Got survival gear in your rig? Wrong turn leads to 10 day ordeal – http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/12/22/australia_family_stranded_in_the_wilderness_for_10_days_after_taking_a_wrong_turn.html

News – 

Officials seek $10.000 from rescued hiker – https://bangordailynews.com/2014/12/19/outdoors/baxter-state-park-officials-seek-10000-from-hiker-to-pay-for-search/

SAR exercise coordinator fined for failure to obtain permit – http://www.durangoherald.com/article/20141216/NEWS01/141219666/Probation-fine-for-ski-area-operator-

Winter Sports – 

Father and daughter spend night in snow cave (two videos) –   http://globalnews.ca/news/1738628/father-and-daughter-rescued-from-whistler-mountain/

Hiking – 

Injured hiker rescued – http://koin.com/2014/12/14/injured-hiker-59-rescued-near-wahkeena-falls/

Hikers rescued – http://www.voxy.co.nz/national/search-and-rescue-incident-cape-brett/5/210820

Lost hiker rescued – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11377318

Search suspended for missing hiker – http://www.oregonlive.com/milwaukie/index.ssf/2014/12/post_41.html

Hunter-gatherer – 

Body of missing fisherman found – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11377580

Hunting dogs rescued from gorge – http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-mid-wales-30481711

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Buffalo NR – AR
Injured Climber Rescued In Difficult Nighttime Operation

On the afternoon of November 30th, BUFFSAR, the park’s search and rescue team, was activated for a high angle search and rescue mission involving a fall in the Ponca Wilderness near the Hemmed-in-Hollow Falls area.

Camron McLaughlan, 21, of Ozark, Missouri, was free climbing a vertical cliff when he fell from near the top of the approximately 150-foot-high bluff onto a ledge. He fell approximately 25 feet and landed on a ledge that was the size of a large round dining table. His companion ran up the very steep trail to a point where he had cell phone coverage and called for help.

ICS was immediately put in place, with Ranger Melissa Moses as the incident commander. Members of BUFFSAR were split into squads and positioned themselves above and below McLaughlan. The high angle squad traversed the rim of the canyon along a game trail that mirrors the ledge of the 209-foot-high waterfall. District Ranger Jason Flood rappelled down to him to begin initial treatment while the squad set up the lowering system.

As the litter reached the victim, litter attendant Logan Tucker had to wedge himself against the cliff face, as the ledge was too small for an additional person. Due to the height of the cliff, additional rope was added to the lowering system using a fisherman’s knot. After packaging McLaughlan, the litter was lowered in a horizontal position approximately 130 feet to a larger ledge and was then converted to a vertical position and lowered the remaining 150 feet through an extremely steep and heavily vegetated slope to the bottom of the bluff.

The litter squad took over the operation from there and began the carryout portion of the SAR. The terrain was extremely steep, with the litter team traversing over two-and-a-half miles of trail with a 1500 foot gain in elevation. Low angle belay systems were utilized on several occasions due to the steepness of the terrain. BUFFSAR brought McLaughlan to the trailhead at approximately 3 a.m. The waiting ambulance took him to North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison for initial treatment.

Within a matter of a few hours, the weather turned very quickly from a high of 73°F to 33°F, with a wind chill factor of 17°F, and it began sleeting.

This rescue, which occurred entirely at night and with rapidly deteriorating weather, was one of the most technically complex rescues in Buffalo National River’s history and serves as an excellent example of interagency teamwork.

In addition to the Buffalo National River protection rangers and BUFFSAR volunteers, groups participating in this operation included Alpena VFD, Arkansas Forestry Commission, Boone County Sherriff’s Office, Carroll County Sherriff’s Office Rescue Team, Compton VFD, Harrison Fire Department, Mennonite Disaster Services, National Park Service Fire Module, Newton County Sherriff’s Office, North Ark Regional Medical Center Ambulance, Tri-County Search and Rescue, and the Steel Creek Campground Hosts. In all, about 60 people were involved in the operation. Hot food and beverages were provided by the Red Cross to the members of the rescue party, who were more than ready after a major exertion and a 30-degree temperature drop.

Water Safety – 

Coast Guard searches for missing crew member –  http://www.guampdn.com/article/20141222/NEWS01/312220003/Search-ship-s-missing-crew-member-continues

Search continues for missing boy – http://westhawaiitoday.com/community-bulletin/search-continues-boy-missing-hapuna

Fisherman and Coast Guard rescue boaters – http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/27625514/coast-guard-rescues-four-people-from-boat-in-murrells-inlet

Vehicles – 

Missing snowmobiler rescued – http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/rescuers-find-missing-snowmobiler-in-gallatin-canyon/article_c6fa069c-8715-11e4-8da0-f7e06464238e.html

Two snowmobilers rescued –  http://www.chaffeecountytimes.com/free_content/article_ba752b18-87d8-11e4-9120-2fa4d7bf9e65.html

Early morning river rescue – http://lostcoastoutpost.com/2014/dec/18/river-rescue/

Stranded teens rescued – http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2014/12/18/cmm-search-rescue-team-locates-stranded-teens-on-cedar-mountain-in-early-morning-hours/#.VJg2GV6gAHA

Drinking + ATV’s + Icy River = Bad News – http://www.adn.com/article/20141215/village-travelers-feared-lost-under-river-ice-had-been-drinking-troopers-say

Snowmobiler breaks through ice and is rescued – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/tuktoyaktuk-man-rescued-after-fall-through-ice-on-snowmobile-1.2874047

Urban – 

Search for missing man – http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/64349258/search-for-missing-christchurch-tradie-fruitless

Search suspended for missing man – http://www.kob.com/article/stories/s3654122.shtml

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