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Mission Report October 13-14, 2014

posted Apr 18, 2016, 9:40 PM by RCSAR Team Account   [ updated Apr 18, 2016, 9:41 PM ]

14-055; Oct 13/14 – an 18 year old hunter had gotten separated from his father and now found himself wet and cold from falling in the creek earlier, in rough, steep terrain covered with 5 inches of snow and the temperatures dropping it was 10:25pm).  He had texted his father that he need help and to call SAR.  At 1:00am a team of 2 rode ATV’s for about 1.57 miles to the end of FS 296 and then had to negotiate another 1.5 miles of wet, muddy, snowy, rough terrain to finally reach the subject at 5:00am.  The subject had been able to start a small fire but our team made it a bit larger and warmed and dried out a bit before the sunrise and at 7:00am started their long trek back out.  This too was a long, cold and tiring mission of 12 hours from first page to equipment put away for the next call.

See the article and photos from the Steamboat Today.


Mission Report October 11, 2014

posted Apr 18, 2016, 9:38 PM by RCSAR Team Account

14-054; Oct 11 – Call came in (9:30pm) for an overdue hunter in the Bears Ears area very close to Moffat County.  Since there was no contact with the subject it was paged in the morning for a search.  Over night we had our first substantial snow accumulation of the season and with morning light it was still raining or lightly snowing off and on.  Two teams (1 – atv, 1 – foot) began a search pattern to try and contain our subject.  After a long day with no results our subject was finally seen by an outfitter company and he was just cold and tired.  Another long mission with 8 hours in the field with a drive time of 1 ½ hour each way.

Mission Report September 21, 2014

posted Apr 18, 2016, 9:37 PM by RCSAR Team Account

14-048; Sept 21 – A team of 8 headed out on ATV’s for a hunter who had fallen from his horse the evening before and now was unable to ride out.  The team took the ATV’s on Red Dirt Trail until they hit Wilderness and then by foot.  As weather was moving in fast and do to how far in they were a helicopter was called and was able to land about 150 yards from their camp and air lifted him to YVMC where he had 3 fractured ribs and a kidney contusion.  The entire mission from start to finish was 12 hours.

Mission Report September 18, 2014

posted Apr 18, 2016, 9:35 PM by RCSAR Team Account

14-047; Sept 18 - We were called for a 66 yr old male who was thrown from his horse on Spring Creek.  It was thought that the ambulance could drive just short of the subjects location so AM6-1 was dispatched.  SAR continued for ATV assistance if needed.  AM6-1 only made it to the reservoir as the road was to narrow so they started on foot.  3 SAR members on 2 ATV's met up with SSFR and took them on the ATV's to our patient.  He was evaluated and packaged in the vacuum splint/litter and driven on the ATV to the parked AM6-1 and taken to YVMC.  Subject may have some fractured ribs and a pneumothorax (collapsed lung).

Mission Report August 31, 2014

posted Apr 18, 2016, 9:34 PM by RCSAR Team Account

14-044; Aug 31 – A hunter up around Dumont, Fishhook Lake area called that he was not feeling well and was having difficulty breathing.  Their camp was located 2 ridges from the nearest trail that would have to be navigated over downed timber on a wheeled litter.  It was decided to call for a helicopter since the RP said there was a good landing area nearby.  The subject was transported to YVMC where he had an appendectomy.

Mission Report August 11, 2014

posted Apr 18, 2016, 9:31 PM by RCSAR Team Account   [ updated Apr 18, 2016, 9:32 PM ]

14-036; Aug 11 – Forest Service worker recovery.  Our team was called to assist SSFR with building a rope system to lower/raise the firefighters to extricate the subject from his vehicle about 180’ down an embankment. See the link from the Steamboat Pilot.

Mission Report August 9, 2014

posted Apr 18, 2016, 9:24 PM by RCSAR Team Account   [ updated Apr 18, 2016, 9:29 PM ]

Mission Report August 1, 2014

posted Apr 18, 2016, 9:20 PM by RCSAR Team Account

14-032; Aug 1 – A hiker who decided to continue up N. Fish Creek from the bridge after all his friends decided to turn around had to spend the night out due to darkness.  Since we had no communication with him it was decided to wait for morning to send in teams.  He walked out on his own first light just as our team was entering the field.

Mission Report July 13, 2014

posted Apr 18, 2016, 9:19 PM by RCSAR Team Account

14-028; July 13 – Heart Lake trail where a hunter over turned his ATV.  Do to the location and report from the RP a helicopter as called to transport the subject to the hospital.

Mission Report June 27, 2014

posted Apr 18, 2016, 9:18 PM by RCSAR Team Account

14-027; Jun 27 – A family of 4 got turned around trying to hike the 1A Loop on the West Summit of Rabbit Ears.  They thought it would be easy to follow the skier “blue” diamonds.  They found out that the diamonds and trail are not as easy to see in the summer as they are in the winter.  A team of 5 on ATV’s found them fairly close to the trail and only about a mile or 2 from the trailhead.

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