First, there was the call for another body recovery below Midgley Bridge in Sedona. I say "another" because, sadly, we tend to have several of these calls each year. All but one that I know of since I've been on the team have been suicides, while one near (but not under) the bridge was an accidental fall. In this latest case, it was a 60-year-old woman who died. See Woman's Body Found Below Midgley Bridge in the Arizona Daily Sun. Several of my teammates responded to this call.
|Little Colorado River Gorge|
As I was on my way back from the Yosemite trip, a SAR call came through about a missing "mule-rider" in the Schultz Pass area (of the San Francisco Peaks) who may also have been injured. The call was for both General (Ground) and Mounted SAR. I later found out that the missing party showed up at home on his own.
After returning home myself, I happened upon a news story stating that Search and Rescue volunteers and deputies had been sent to look for a self-reporting lost hiker on Mount Elden, who told the 9-1-1 dispatcher that he'd hurt his ankle and thought he was being stalked by wild animals. Since I never received a call-out message, I'm assuming that certain volunteers who live near Mt. Elden were called directly to make the initial response. Read Drunken Hiker Asks for Rescue to find out how that mission was resolved.
And that's about all the SAR volunteer activity I know of, other than some team trainings, while I was away. In about a week, I'll be tied up again, this time in a 5-day Inland Search Management class. Having completed the ICS-300 class last month and some other pre-requisites, I've now been added to the Ops list and will be called out if Operations Leaders are needed to prepare for a mission. So this next class will teach me more about SAR Operations and help me contribute. I'm excited! (Have I mentioned lately that I love SAR?)
Deb, thank you for taking the time to create this blog. While camping can be very enjoyable, it can also be very dangerous, and it is very important to be alert while out camping. Hopefully the call-outs will remain low, cause we never want to hear of someone getting hurt. Thank you for your time and dedication to humanity, it takes a special kind of person to do what you do.
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