Larimer County Search and Rescue
Mission Reports 2015
### BEGIN REPORTS 2015 ###
MOST RECENT ACTIVITIES ARE AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE
The SAR team was paged to respond direct to Horsetooth Mountain Park for a missing 5 year old at approximately 1630. After arriving on scene the SAR manager and O3 talked about what was taking place. The county rangers were searching the trails where the lost child was reportedly seen and they were not able to locate anyone in the area. It was determined that there was not a missing person and the SAR team was stood down at approximately 1730.
LCSAR Members: 22
LCSAR miles: approximately 160
LCSAR hours: 22
Other Agencies: Emergency Services – 1
Larimer County Parks – 5
UC Health SORT – 2
1729 hours: LCSAR was paged for a direct response to Horsetooth Mountain for a male with an ankle injury. Prior to the arrival of the SAR team, parks units, SORT, and PFA were already on scene. The patient was located near a trail, and was assisted to the road without the need of the litter or carryout. By 1820 hours, it was determined that LCSAR personnel would not be needed in the field, and stood down.
LCSAR personnel: 9 (including SAR mgr)
ES personnel: 1
Larimer County Parks
LCSAR volunteer hours: 7.2 hours
LCSAR volunteer miles: 80 miles
Allen Weaver - SAR Manager
Just after 7:00 this evening the team was asked by Fort Collins police to respond to the Poudre Trail near 3101 E. Drake Road for a medical emergency. Poudre Fire Authority was on the way and took Command, staging at the Environmental Learning Center. The subject was an unconscious 20-year-old male. An ambulance was on the way, and Airlink had a helicopter on its way, too. It was at first unknown where the subject was or whether a helicopter would be able to land anywhere near him-----we had been called in case of a carryout.
Most of the responding LCSAR members had arrived at the ELC before Command established that we’d be closer to the subject if we staged off of Prospect Road, at the Running Deer Natural Area. The SAR Manager and one other LCSAR resource were behind the main group so went to the latter (it felt a little lonely out there, in the dark by ourselves..).
3 LCSAR members were fielded with the PFA resources from the ELC. The patient was found about 40 yards off the trail, about a quarter mile from the ELC. The helicopter was able to land despite the dark and some nearby power lines. The patient was packaged and carried a short distance to the helicopter, and he was flown out. All resources were stood down at about 7:45.
LCSAR personnel: 21
Personal vehicles driven: 18
LCSAR vehicles: 1
Miles driven in personal vehicles: 184
Emergency Services Personnel: 1
Agencies involved: 4 (FCPD, PFA, ES, LCSAR)
LCSAR Person-hours: (21x 40 min.) 14
Thanks for the great turnout!!
Sarah Babbitt, SAR Manager
1549 hours, SAR team was paged to respond direct and emergent to Devil's Backbone to assist with the carry out of a male patient that was dizzy and had abnormal breathing. 15 SAR members were responding. LCSAR was stood down enroute, and no LCSAR members fielded.
LCSAR members: 15 (including SARM)
Other agencies: unknown
LCSAR volunteer hours: 3.9 hours
LCSAR volunteer miles: 130
1521 hours: Page for on call SAR manager to contact O3. O3 advises there was an ATV crash on FS153, near Storm Montain and CR 27, with 2 patients. Loveland Battalion 1 was enroute, and AirLink had located patients and landing, but had not yet determined if they could reach the patients. ES wants LCSAR on standby until they can assess access to patient.
1642 hrs. O3 advises that patients are being transported and LCSAR can stand down.
LCSAR members: 2 (SARM & ITC)
LCSAR volunteer hours: 2
LCSAR volunteer miles: 0
ROMO Request for Searchers
The on-call SAR manger was paged to contact O3 reference an assist to Rocky Mountain National Park (ROMO). They were currently searching for an overdue hiker on Long's Peak and were arranging for additional resources for Sunday morning. The team was paged and 5 people were available for the search. A couple of hours later, the SAR manager was contacted by ROMO command; there was no longer a need for the searchers and all LCSAR resources were stood down.
Missing Wildland Firefighter
The on-call SAR manger was paged to contact O3 reference a missing firefighter. The National Forest Service was working on preparing an area north of Rustic for a prescribed burn and could not locate one of the firemen. While the SAR manger was on the phone with O3, O3 received a call that the subject had been located.
Jacob McDaniel, L59
At approximately 1600 the on call SAR manager was paged to contact S17 about a request for a trailing dog to aid Loveland Police in the search for a missing teen. A page was sent to the SAR team for one trailing dog and a support person. The dog team and support were located and were in the process of responding when the subject was located. All resources were stood down at approximately 1650.
LCSAR resources: 4
LCSAR miles driven: 0
LCSAR personal hours: 4
LCSO ES: 1
Jacob McDaniel, L59
At close to 11 am the on call SAR manager was paged to call CSRB in reference a search in Chaffee County. Contact was made and it was determined that a dog team resource was to be dispatched to assist in the search for two overdue subjects.
Shortly after the resource left Larimer County the subjects were located. The mission was stood down.
LCSAR members – 2(SARM & Dog Handler w/canine)
ES Specialists – 1
Personnel Hours – 2
Miles Driven ~ 30
SAR Team paged at 1024 as follows: sar group, respond to twin sisters peaks just outside allens park for a medical carryout. party fell, appears unconscious unk breathing.
Subject was a 61-year old male hiking who collapsed about ¼ mile from the summit. By passers saw subject and initiated CPR. Air-link was dispatched and next on scene and continued tending to the subject. Next on-scene was a Larimer County Sheriffs deputy followed by three rangers from RMNP. Anticipating a possibly long and arduous carryout ES and L1 decided to seek additional resources from RMRG (Boulder County) and RMNP. The subject was later pronounced deceased by Air-Link personnel on-scene. A carryout ensued by LCSAR members and the valuable assistance of RMRG and RMNP rescue groups. The laborious carryout stated at about 1700 hrs with the group arriving base at about 1930 hrs. Larimer County Coroner was at base and acquired custody of the subject. All rescue personnel was cleared by about 2000 hrs. The smooth and collegial interaction among agencies was superb, particularly among field personnel from RMRG, RMNP, and LCSAR.
LCSAR members = 10 (including SAR Manager)
LCSAR person hours = 100
LCSAR members mileage = 846
Rocky Mountain Rescue Group Personnel = 5
Rocky Mountain National Park Personnel = 8
Emergency Services Specialist = 1
Larimer County Sheriffs = 2
Larimer County Coroner = 1
Victims Advocate = 2
SAR truck 10
Jose Negron, SAR Manager
At nearly 1700 on 16SEP15 the on duty SAR manager was paged to contact the on duty ES specialist in reference to a missing 70 year old male cyclists in the Red Feather Lakes area. The subject reported that he was disoriented and was requesting assistance. The Ocean unit on duty was informing us that if they were unable to locate the subject that they would like us on standby to assist.
Shortly before 1800 the subject, on his cell phone, stated that he can see a rescue truck. Just after the hour the Emergency Services specialist had made contact with the subject.
SAR manager was informed that the subject was being ok and being transported back to his camp. No LCSAR resources were required.
LCSAR personnel – 2(SARM and ITC)
ES Specialists – 1
Red Feather units – 2
County Deputy – 1
Personnel Hours – 2
Miles Driven - 0
1257 hours: Larimer County SAR was paged by sheriff dispatch to respond directly to Bald Mtn Road and Manhattan Road for a carryout of a male with a broken leg. This was a direct non-emergent response. 14 members of LCSAR responded to the scene along with 2 personnel from Emergency Services, which was approximately 3 miles up forest road 517 off of Manhattan Road near Red Feather. Already on scene were two deputies from LCSO, Poudre Valley ambulance, SORT, and the Red Feather Lakes fire department. Patient was stabilized and his injury splinted prior to arrival of LCSAR.
The patient had been riding his dirt bike on FS517 when he hit a rock, resulting in a lower leg injury. Patient was alone, but fortunately had cell phone coverage from his location. Reports are he texted his wife, who then contacted 911.
The patient's location was approximately 1 ½ miles from the ICP and where the ambulance had access. LCSAR with the assistance of the other agencies and personnel on scene, carried the patient out via the litter and wheel down a rough ATV trail. ATV's were used to assist in the transport of equipment and personnel.
By 1637 hours, patient was loaded in the ambulance and transported to the hospital.
LCSAR volunteers: 14 (including SAR manager)
ES personnel: 2
LCSO deputies: 2
PVH ambulance crew
LCSAR volunteer hours: 70 hours
LCSAR volunteer miles driven: 650 miles
August 5, 2015 – SAR Manager page at 2024 regarding two missing hikers in the Rustic area. ES made contact with subjects. Stand down page out at 2032.
August 6, 2015 – SAR Manager page at 1615 regarding two missing hikers at Lily Mountain. Team paged at 1642. Subjects self-rescued and walked out while team was in route. Stand down page at 1743.
August 8, 2015 – SAR Manager page at 1540 regarding carryout of a dog at Round Mountain. Team paged at 1558. Emergency Services personnel were able to rescue the dog while team was in route. Stand down page at 1645.
Just before midnight on the evening of 18AUG15 the on duty SAR manager was paged to call Emergency Services. During that call, L1 was informed of the situation and the planning began. Since it was an unusually cool night and it had been raining for hours at this point a major concern was hypothermia for the subject. She had minimal gear and had been out in the elements for nearly 12 hours. Shortly after midnight on Wednesday morning the SAR team was paged out for the search. The subject was dropped off where the North Fork of the Poudre passes under CR 74E. She was supposed to call someone for pickup when she got to town. She never made that call. Four teams we inserted along the river at the few access points that were available. This section of the river has many spots that “cliff out”. With the rain, wet rocks, wind, and these natural hazards, teams were cautioned to be careful and alert while searching in the pitch black of the night.
Shortly after 0400 radio traffic was broadcast that the subject had been located. She was cold and wet but all and all was in good condition. After an evaluation and period of warming they began to hike out of the backcountry. Just before 6am the SAR members and the subject arrived at the remote operations site. By 0630 all teams were released from field operations.
LCSAR personnel – 11 (including SAR managers and ITC)
ES Specialist – 1
Medical Specialists – 2 PVH
Personnel Hours ~ 112
Miles driven ~ 425 (one way)
Page received at 2151hrs for SARM to contact S17 RE missing 44 and 11 year old females from campsite off of Manhattan Rd. They were last seen at 1900hrs. It was raining pretty hard in the area and subjects did not have any adequate clothing. They did not have any lights or cell phones with them. SAR team was paged to respond direct to Rustic for staging to caravan up to the campsite. Concern was how tight the last stretch of road leading to the campsite would be.
During initial pages, it was learned that 3 LCSAR team members were close to the search area. They were allowed to start searching on their own. 1 dog team in the field and 1 team member in the campsite with the RP.
We had 10 responders (not including SARM) plus 1 from SORT initially respond.
Resources staged at Rustic and headed up to "Dispersed Site #22".
Once resources arrived at the campsite, IC was setup on Manhattan Rd. 3 dog teams were fielded and one search team was fielded to the south to check a possible gully. Teams were in the field for about 15 minutes when the dog team that had started earlier in the evening requested everyone remain quiet. They thought they heard cries for help. Subsequent actions led the dog team to find the missing subjects. They were in good mental and physical condition. All teams were recalled. The dog team then escorted the missing subjects back to the campsite where everyone was reunited.
All resources were officially stood down at that time, 0118 on 8/16
SARM, ITC and 1 SORT
Total miles driven=approximately 1500mi (10x150mi)
Total hours=72hrs (6x12hrs)
John Lee, Larimer77
12:38 Page received to call S17 in regards to a deceased dog on Greyrock. It was later discovered that there were actually two large rottweilers. One deceased, and one in bad shape on the trail. Both were brought down via other people on the trail and LCSAR was not dispatched per LCSO.
LCSAR would like to remind everyone that hiking in the mountains is just as dangerous and demanding for our canine companions. They too need to be in shape, and require food, water, and rest stops. Larger dogs like large people take huge amounts of energy to go up hills. If you don't take them on mountain hikes often, make sure your first few hikes are conservative. Work your way up to the big ones. These kinds of situations are more common than you might think and can happen anywhere. Dogs live to please humans and it is up to us humans to recognize when they are in trouble because they will try to please us until they drop. Thanks.
SAR Manager page at 1540 regarding carryout of a dog at Round Mountain. Team paged at 1558. Emergency Services personnel were able to rescue the dog while team was in route. Stand down page at 1645.
LCSAR Members = 9 (including SAR Manager)
Miles Driven ~ 180
Emergency Services Specialist (1)
7.21.2015, 2104 hours: SAR manager page. ES indicates 2-3 missing persons in the Long Draw area, at the Corral Creek trailhead. 5 people (3 males, 2 females) left the trailhead for a hike to Mirror Lake. They all made it to the lake together. Shortly after they started their return trip via the same route, the two women separate from the 3 males. The last seen point was near the junction of Mummy Pass trail and the Mirror Lake trail, at approximately 1500 hours. ES requested LCSAR searchers and a trailing dog team.
Upon arrival at the trailhead (approximately 0100 on 7.22.2015) Ops was established, and ES provided additional information regarding the missing females from the RP. There were ages 51 and 26. RP was the husband of the 51 yoa missing female. The RP believed: they were without food or much water, had no map or compass, had no lights, had one cell phone, had rain gear, and one of the parties had a single treking pole. RP did not believe the girls would leave the trail, or hike above timberline. The missing girls were experienced hikers, but were unfamiliar with the area they were in.
The first operational period went in excess of 12 hours. There were a limited number of trails in the immediate area which did not go above timberline. 5 search teams were deployed upon arrival, and those teams searched through the night. The high probability trails were all covered and searched including Corral Creek trail, Mirror Lake trail, portions of the trail to Chapin Creek, portions of the Big South trail, and portions of the trail to Mummy Pass. The subjects were not located on any of those trails during 1st ops.
Moving into the second operational period, plans were made for air support (with Civil Air Patrol). Additionally RMNP began to send resources to ICP to establish a unified command since the search area included large areas within the park as well as portions outside the park. Coincidentally the park had maintenance crews in the Mirror Lake area, and were able to deploy spike camps in that area as a part of the search. The parks involvement in the 2nd ops period was limited since they were just transitioning into the incident, and the park IC had decided to upgrade the incident to a type 3 incident, indicating different resources would be utilized the next day.
During 2nd ops, the search moved off-trail into suspect drainages, and various high points/cliff bands. 4 search teams were deployed during 2nd ops along with one fixed wing aircraft from CAP. An additional team from the patrol division also fielded from Highway 14 to cover the Big South trail to the South. Subjects were not located during 2nd ops. Under the unified command, the park directed that search ops should not occur during the night. Therefore search ops were suspended until the next morning.
Third ops was to resume the morning of 7.23.2015. LCSAR teams were enroute to ICP, when the subjects got voice contact with park personnel, and the LCSAR team was stood down. The subjects were flown out of the area via helicopter.
Information obtained from RMNP after the conclusion of the search: The subjects were cold, wet, tired and hungry but uninjured. The subjects had jackets, water, food, a whistle, a flashlight, and one phone. They were able to make a fire each night. The subjects missed the junction to Corral Creek on their return trip, and were headed for Mummy Pass. At some point, the subjects intentionally decided to leave the trail and attempt to go cross-country (for unknown reasons). The park believes they spent the first night near Hague Creek, NE of Flatiron Mountain. The next day the continued to move cross country, but less than a mile.
LCSAR members: 21 (including SARM and ITC)
ES personnel: 2
SORT personnel: 3
SWAT personnel: 5
Civil Air Patrol
SAR volunteer hours: 300 hours
SAR volunteer miles: 600 miles
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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.
[Submitted by Kyle Patterson, Public Affairs Officer]
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
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.
[Submitted by Kyle Patterson, Public Affairs Officer]
1856 hrs. SAR manager page. ES advised RMNP was requesting up to 6 LCSAR members to assist with a night carryout of a 43 yoa female from the Emerald Lake area, with a lower leg injury. Staging to occur at their SAR cache at 2130 hrs
1928 hrs. RMNP stood down the response of LCSAR
LCSAR members: 4
Volunteer hours: 1
Volunteer miles: 0
The Search And Rescue team was paged at 0359 Monday 20th of July; "Need rescuers for a technical raise in RMNP. Will have to muster @ 0500 @ Loveland Safeway. All below timberline but will need to be sure footed due to steepness of terrain. Call or text John Lee if you can respond. Thanks! Jhl-9702229872"
The subject was a non-ambulatory 13 year old female with a leg injury. She was hiking with her father in Forrest Canyon to Fall River Trail along the Big Thompson River. Rocky Mountain National Park rangers were notified Sunday night and called RMRG, Alpine Rescue, and LCSAR for additional resources. The terrain was class three to class four for the approach to the patient from Fern Lake Trail at The Pool.
Due to the rough terrain and the risk to rescuers that a carry out posed, the decision was made to fly in rescue gear and the equipment necessary to cut a landing zone (LZ) in the forest. The rescue was conducted in a fire scar and therefore posed elevated risk to the rescue team and subject.
The subject was at the bottom of the canyon near the river, she was hoisted up a scree field and a vertical wall a total of 150 feet. She was then carried a short distance to the landing zone. She was flown to a waiting ambulance and then driven to Estes Park Medical Center.
The father finished the hike to Fern Lake Trail while accompanied by RMNP Rangers.
Rescuers were out of the field by 1900 and debriefed by 1930.
3 LCSAR Resources
210 miles driven
Other agencies: Rocky Mountain National Park, Alpine Rescue Group
Appx 1650. SAR manager page. ES advised there was a party approximately 1 mile up the Meadows Trail with a 70 lb Rotweiler, reporting the dog’s feet were torn up with heat/hydration issues. ES requested a response of 10 SAR members to carry the dog out.
3 SAR teams were fielded with rescue gear, along with 2 family members who arrived in the parking lot.
As it turns out the dog, named Helm, was approximately 135 lbs. Helm was treated by SAR members on scene, and carried out to the trail head.
LCSAR members: 11 (including SARM & ITC)
ES personnel: 1
Volunteer hours: 40
Volunteer miles: 200
The on call SAR manager (L1) was paged to call the on call Emergency Services Specialist (S17) at approximately 2245 about an overdue motorcyclist. The rider had been scouting for a ride that his family was going to do the next day. Search and Rescue resources as well as Emergency Services Support Group members were assembled to use all-terrain vehicles and 4-wheel drive vehicles to search the trails and roads in the area. Four teams were sent into the field to cover the most likely trails and to look for signs of a motorcycle having traveled in the areas. One of the teams on the all-terrain vehicles was able to located the subject and determine that the subject was deceased. All other teams were called back to operations. Resources stayed in the area of the subject until law enforcement arrived. All SAR and Emergency Services Support Group resources were debriefed and clear of the scene around 0730 Saturday morning.
LCSAR Members: 8 (including ITC and SAR Manager)
LCSAR Member Hours: 64 hours
LCSAR Member Miles Driven: 700 Miles
ES Specialist: 1
ES Support Group: 2
PVH SORT: 1
SAR Team paged out at 1444 hours as follows: SAR, PER O3, PLEASE RESPOND DIRECT TO HORSETOOTH ROCK, **NON EMERGENT** FOR A FEMALE WITH BROKEN LEG/CARRY OUT. THANKS! DAVID/COMM - From L002 07/07/2015 14:44:16
Subject was a 25-year old female that slid along the north side of Horsetooth rock and sustained a leg injury. The subject was not able to walk and hiking companions called for help. A number of Poudre Fire Authority, Larimer County Parks, and Colorado Health Medics were first on scene to assess and treat the subject and to determine an extrication approach. Additional firefighters and 6 SAR members, including a Field Liaison followed transported by ATV and Larimer County Parks trucks. Another 7 SAR members and additional PFA resources followed including a SAR member forward staging lead. PFA and LCSAR extricated the patient using two technical lowers, a scree lower, and a litter carry-out to an awaiting truck Larimer County Parks truck. Subject was driven by truck down to ICP and loaded in a Colorado Health ambulance for transport to Medical Center of the Rockies. This was the first multiagency mission that the SAR team used a Field Liaison member to better communicate and coordinate with other agencies in the field. SAR team was clear by 1945 hrs.
16 team members (including SAR Manager)
SAR member person hours = 75
SAR member vehicles = 15
Miles drives = 300
1 Emergency Services Specialist
Other Agencies: Poudre Fire Authority, Larimer County Parks rangers, Colorado Health EMS
Report Submitted by Jose Negron, SAR Manager
Initial page as follows: SAR MGR, PLEASE CALL OCEAN 1/DEREK AT 481-7148 REF SEARCH IN RED FEATHER AREA. SARA/COMM - From L003 07/05/2015 15:37:37
Subject was a 69 yom from out of town that was riding an atv in the Crystal Lakes/Red Feather Area/County roads 169 and 80C. Subject ran out of gas and did not know his location. Subject was diabetic, therefore staging was planned for Livermore to have a quicker deployment once more information became available. Subject later called his wife (RP) and indicated that campers had located him. The subject’s family arranged for a rendezvous with the campers to re-unite him with his family. SAR Team was stood down while in route to Livermore. A total of 22 SAR Members were responding.
Report submitted by Jose Negron, SAR Manager.
July 3, 2015 (Friday): Two Females Horseback Riders Fell From Horses / Dunraven Trail Near Glen Haven
Page out for SAR Manager to contact ES Specialist at 1552. Team paged at 1612 for a direct non-emergent response for possible carryout of 2 girls aged 13 and 16 that fell from their horses. RP, who was part of the group hiked up until cell coverage was available, called for help, and indicated that subjects were about ¼ mile up the Indian Trail (FS trail 927). Level of injuries was unclear. Initial staging was going to be at the Dunraven TH off county road 51B. It was later determined that easier access to the subjects was going to be heading north on the Donner Hill Trail (along the Miller Fork) from the end of Streamside DR (SE of the Dunraven TH) and also off county road 51B. Volunteers from Estes Park Fire and Glen Haven Fire and Rescue also responded. These groups made contact with the subjects just prior to LCSAR field deployment. It was determined that the subjects were ambulatory and would be able to walk out with the initial rescue group. SAR team was on hold until the group cleared some difficult parts of the return trail. After initial rescuers and subjects cleared the difficult part of the trail area SAR team was released. SAR Members were cleared at about 1800 hrs and back to town by 1945.
LCSAR members - 17 (including ITC and SAR Manager)
Emergency Services Specialist - 1
Personal SAR member vehicles – 12
Miles driven - 840
SAR member-hours – 29.75 hrs
Other agencies responding: Estes Park Fire and Glen Haven Fire and Rescue volunteers. Local residents also provided valuable access information.
Prepared by Jose Negron, SAR Manager
ON CALL SAR MGR CALL DAVE AT 222 3038 ABOUT ASSISTING ROCKY MTN NATL PARK . THANKS. PAM/COMM - From L004 06/28/2015 12:18:07
SARM contacted O3 about how many resources to send. We looked at all the OOS and OOT messages. There were 10 OOS and OOT messages. Based on that, we felt we could only afford to send 4 resources to RMNP. There were actually 2 incidents in RMNP that they needed help with. We sent 4 people with the idea of them being split between the 2 incidents. What ended up happening was different...
A summary from the Team Lead that was sent:
SAR team members arrived at the ROMO SAR Cache at approx 1400.
ROMO rangers were deployed as a hasty team for a 24YOM that took a 150-200' sliding fall down the home stretch of Long's Peak. Weather forced them below the tree line temporarily. A combined LCSAR/RMNP unit was deployed to the TH at approximately 1730 and by 2030 the LCSAR team was almost to the boulder field camp and were tasked to prepare a shelter and food. RMNP rangers and subject stopped at the boulder field camp to eat and rest. LCSAR departed the boulder field camp by 2215 and RMNP rangers spent the night with the subject in the boulder fields. Plan was for subject to be airlifted out at 0800. Eventually, LCSAR members were out of the field by 0200. ROMO had arranged a hotel room for LCSAR members to rest in before returning to town. All LCSAR members were back in Fort Collins by 0900.
4 SAR members
86 Team hours
Total miles driven=276
SAR TEAM, PLS RESPOND TO MOUNT MARGARET TRAIL/MM 21.8 ON CR74E FOR A 60ISH YOM THAT FELL OFF A HORSE ABOUT 35-40 MINS UP THE TRAIL.COMM CENTER AMBER - From L004 06/27/2015 11:58:36
SARM contacted O3 regarding details. Discussion as to which way was best to get to subject. It was decided to have people come up via Dowdy Lake Road.
SARM was on the south side of Loveland but another SARM was in Crystal Lakes. It was decided to have second SARM start things and run it until first SARM could get on scene. We also had two team members in the Mt Margaret area. By the time team members from town were on the road, it was determined that Glacier View VFD could drive directly to the subject and he was on the road itself. No need for LCSAR so were stood down.
Stand down page:
SAR, SAR TEAM CAN STAND DOWN, THE PATIENT IS ACCESSIBLE BY VEHICLE. THANKS. SARA/COMM - From L003 06/27/2015 12:40:28
14 SAR members
June 19, 2015 (Friday): Missing Female Horseback Rider in the Vicinity of Horsetooth Road and Taft Hill / Dixon Resevoir (Cty Rd 42C)
We received a page re. a missing horse rider around 9:45 PM. The report was that a woman who lives just south of Pineridge Natural Area on the west side of Fort Collins had gone riding about 2 hours before and her horse had recently returned home without her.
Poudre Fire Authority was going to be searching much of the grassy parts of the natural area from UTVs, and AirLink had offered to search from the air. We were tasked with putting people in from both the north and south ends of the area to search the more wooded portions. 10 searchers responded, and 3 teams were fielded. The night was very warm, starry, and mosquito-y, with a light north breeze.
After teams had been fielded for about 45 minutes we were asked to stand down and return to staging, as more information was becoming available and it didn’t look likely that the subject was in the area.
All teams returned to where they had staged, and the mission was turned over to Law Enforcement.
Thank you to all who responded.
Initial page-out: 2145, all back at briefing: 0040. Total 3 hours
LCSAR personnel: 12 (including SAR manager and ITC)
Other personnel: 1 Emergency Services specialist, approx. 10 PFA firefighters, 3 AirLink helo crew
Total person-hours: 36
Vehicles: 10 personal, 1 LCSAR
Estimated miles driven in personal vehicles: 50 one-way, 100 R/T
Sarah Babbitt, SAR Manager
Larimer County Search and Rescue was paged to respond directly to Century Park in the Poudre Canyon for missing rafters at approximately 2015. As the team was responding, addition information was gathered by the Emergency Services Specialist (O3) about the missing rafters. It was determined that four of the rafters had been located, but they were on a very rocky part of the shore on the far side of the river (the wilderness side of the river, not the same side as the road). One SAR member was tasked with looking at the area where the subjects were located, to try to determine the best plan for getting them across safely. The SAR manager (L1) and O3 decided that we needed to get a team to cross the river (at a bridge upstream of the subjects) to determine if we could walk the subjects out, and to be able to assist in conducting a technical rescue of the subjects. The team (Team 1) was able to reach the subjects at approximately midnight. A second team was also fielded to try to reach the subjects from downstream, but this team had to turn back due to the terrain being too dangerous to continue. As Team 1 was working on getting down to the subjects, other SAR members began to set up a highline that would be used to shuttle gear to and from Team 1. Team 1 was able to get the subjects warm clothing, food, and water and then moved them up to higher ground. After the gear was transported to Team 1, another team (Team 2) was sent into the field to scout a path out for Team 1 and the subjects. Team 1, Team 2, and the subjects were able to walk out and were out of the field at approximately 0550.
LCSAR members: 23 (including SAR manger and ITC)
LCSAR miles driven: 1540 miles
LCSAR member Hours: 276 hours
LCSO ES: 1
PVH SORT: 2
Poudre Canyon Fire: Unknown
Jacob McDaniel, L59
At approximately 0630 the on call SAR Manger (L1) was paged to contact the on call ES Specialist (O3). Ocean 3 said that Loveland Police and Fire departments were working a missing person and were looking for a dog to help determine the direction of travel of the subject. Larimer 1 and the in town coordinator arranged 2 dog teams and also checked the availability of trackers. The dog teams were staged and then field one team at a time to see what the dogs were able to determine. The first team had interest around the dam of a lake and along the shore. The second team was also fielded and had similar interest. The teams were debriefed and released at approximately 1100. At approximately 1145 L1 was contacted by O3 that the subject was located code 4 outside of our search area. LCSAR personal: 4 (including SM and ITC)
LCSAR miles: 108 miles
Loveland Fire: unknown
Loveland PD: unknown
Jacob McDaniel, L59
Demonstrated proper hard snow analysis and travel techniques.
Built and tested bollard anchor, snow picket (single) anchor, boot axe belay, modified boot axe with carabiner +- belay knot/device, deadman with picket and axe.
Demonstrated and practiced proper self arrest.
Demonstrated proper roped team travel and arrest.
Short, single beacon avalanche scenario (allowed new members to test out gear and see avy scenario).
For next time:
We did not have a formal IAP but we did brief on avalanche risk (reminder: CAIC is no longer reporting for the season) as well as covering medical evacuation plan and travel hazards for the day.
We took the two new members to the ROMO ROC (rescue operations center) and linked up with the ranger that oversees the rock guys. They talked with us about responding to ROMO calls and let the new members explore the ROC. They also encouraged us to continue to train in the park and was delighted to hear that we have been doing snow rescue trainings in the park. They also stated that ROMO is going to ramp up the "Train with a Ranger" program and encouraged us to fill as many spots as possible. We did get contact information.
We should continue to call into ROMO dispatch when entering and exiting the park
SAR Team was paged at 1556 as follows...
SAR TEAM PLEASE RESPOND TO HORSETOOTH TRAIL HEAD FOR A SEARCH REF THE MISSING FEMALE OUT OF FT COLLINS PARKS UNITS ARE ON LCFIRE. THANKS SHANON - From L002 05/17/2015 15:56:14
A group of 13 SAR Team members including 3 dog handlers and a SAR manager responded to Horsetooth Open Space. Two search teams and 3 dog teams were fielded to search for a missing 21-year old woman missing since 14 May 2015 and believed to be in the park area. Teams covered trails and off trail areas south of Horsetooth Rock from the West Ridge/South RidgeTrail on the west side of the Park to the Towers Trail on the east side. Search continued until about 2100 hrs. The missing woman was not located. Law enforcement agents had insufficient evidence confirming that the woman was in the Park area and the search discontinued after dark. (See Coloradoan Article link below)
13 team members including manager
3 search dogs
468 miles driven
65 Team Member Person-Hours
Additional resources involved:
Larimer County Parks' rangers
Larimer County Sheriffs' deputies
Jose Negron, SAR Manager
This 2nd mission occurred simultaneously with mission above...
SAR Team was paged at 1717
SAR TEAM, 9O3 IS LOOKING FOR 4 INDIVIDUALS TO ASSIST WITH A CARRYOUT AT LORY STATE PARK. RESPOND DIRECT NON-EMERGENT. COM/ANGEL - From L002 05/17/2015 17:17:08
Poudre Fire Authority responded to a call for a 20 year-old man that fell 12-15 ft. Assistance from the SAR Team was requested and 2 members responded to Lory State Park to assist with a carry-out.
2 team members
60 miles driven
4 Team Member Person-Hours
Additional resources involved:
Lory State Park's rangers
Poudre Fire Authority
University of Colorado Health EMS
The on-call SAR Manger or ITC was paged to call S17 at approximately 0630 for the second operational period of a search near the Dutch George Campground. Resources were assembled to meet at the Cache at 0800 for a briefing. As the team arrived on scene, additional information was gathered about what the missing person was doing the night before and also what the search teams had found in the first operational period. Using this information, six SAR teams were fielded during the second operational period to cover the hills around the road, the river, and some of the high points. The teams searched for approximately 3 hours with few clues to help direct the search. Around 1540, radio traffic from dispatch stated that a person was located by a home owner in the Glacier View subdivision.
LCSAR members: 14
SORT members: 2
LCSO support group: 2
Volunteer miles: 990
Volunteer hours: 128
LCSAR was paged out at 1223 on Sunday, April 5, to respond directly to the area of 7880 west hway 14 for a motorcycle MVA. The rider was about 50 ft down the embankment. Subsequent radio traffic indicated that Poudre Canyon Fire volunteers were at the scene performing CPR on the subject. They and also set up a 3:1 haul system to pull the subject to the road. The subject was pronounced deceased at the scene. A number of LCSAR members assisted in operating the system to recover the subject. Stand down page for members not on scene was at 1308 hrs and the team was cleared soon after.
LCSAR responders = 12 (including SAR manager)
LCSAR volunteer man-hours = 12
LCSAR miles driven = ca 320
ES Specialist = 1
Other Agencies involved:
Poudre Canyon Fire
Colorado State Patrol
Larimer County Sherriff Deputies
Colorado Health (Formerly PVH) = 2 ambulances including SORT team
report prepared by Jose Negron, SAR manager.
1638 hours: Page from dispatch to contact Emergency Service (ES) regarding search at Grey Rock. O2 advises there are 2 lost females on Grey Rock. The lost girls were able to call dispatch via 911. They informed dispatch they had started out on the Meadows Trail but were now lost, and standing by post “946”. When dispatch pinged the cell phone, coordinates were obtained of 40.171617 by 105.291338. These coordinates put them near the summit.
The team was paged for tracking, dog, and searcher resources. While LCSAR was en route, the two girls advised they had met other hikers and were coming down the trail with the other hikers. As a result LCSAR was stood down, before any teams were fielded.
LCSAR members: 11 (including ITC & SARM)
SORT members: 1+
Volunteer miles: 90
Volunteer hours: 6
Jacob McDaniel, L59
Mid-day we received a request from RMNP for SAR members to assist with a possible carryout of a climber who had taken a 50’ fall while climbing in the “Deep Freeze” area (about 500’ above Loch Vale).
Reports were that the 28 year-old woman was non-ambulatory, with hip and back pain.
The weather was relatively warm and calm, but the trail was snow-covered and that climb is a northern exposure (therefore in shadow, and cold). The Park had a team headed to the patient and was requesting more hands in case a helicopter couldn’t land to evacuate her and they had to do a trail carryout of several miles.
8 LCSAR members responded, walked up the several miles to the area and assisted with an evacuation down a steep snow slope (they were able to go around most of the very rough, rocky part of the slope) to the lake. The air ambulance had been able to land on the lake ice, and the patient was flown out.
A couple of hours later, all LCSAR members were safely back in town. Thank you all for a job well done!
Babbitt - SAR Manager
1133 hours: page to the SAR team from dispatch requesting non-emergent response to MM 370 on Hwy 287 for possible carryout.
1143: dispatched paged that Livermore was also responding.
1146: dispatch paged the SAR team to stand down the response. O2 also advised the team via the radio that LCSAR could stand down.
LCSAR members: 16 including SARM and ITC
Other agencies: unknown
LCSAR volunteer man-hours: 3 hours
LCSAR volunteer miles: 10 miles
The SAR team was paged at approximately 1500 to respond direct to the Palace in the Poudre Canyon for a fallen climber. AirLink (medial helicopter from MCR) had been dispatched and was flying around the area, working with Poudre Canyon Fire Department to locate the fallen climber. The flight crew was able to locate the climbers on the northwest side of the climbing area. One of the firefighters from Poudre Canyon was walking in to the climbers while the flight crew was able to fly in two SAR members and the litter to transport the patient to the helicopter. While the patient was being transported to the helicopter by the resources in the field, a second team of 3 SAR members was sent in with extra clothing and headlights for the resources in the field to use on their way out. A third group of SAR members was staged to be ready to go into the field if either of the fielded teams had a problem. After the patient was loaded in the helicopter and en route to the hospital, the resources with the climber started to walk out and meet up with Team 2. The two teams walked out and everyone was debriefed and clear of the scene at approximately 2000.
LCSAR Personnel: 16 (including SAR manager)
LCSAR Personnel Hours: 80 hours
LCSAR Miles Driven: 704
Emergency Services: 1
Poudre Canyon Fire Department: ~4
PVH Ambulance: 2
PVH SORT: 2
0818 hours. SAR manager was paged to discuss a missing juvenile from Loveland. ES advised that the juvenile had gone missing somewhere between midnight and 0630 hours this morning. The last seen point was at her residence. A physical description and clothing description was provided along with the subject's name. SAR manager contacted the ITC to get LCSAR resources responding.
0840 hours. LCSAR team was paged for trackers, dog teams, and searches to respond directly to a nearby school for staging at 0930. Several teams were assigned to respond to the house for scent articles for the dog teams, to clear the house and surrounding area, to attempt to determine a direction of travel, and to secure possible footwear size and patterns for tracking. Other teams were deployed to various surrounding areas of high probability.
The Sheriff's Office issued an Everbridge notification (reverse 911) to surrounding businesses and homes. As a result, a tip was received from an alert citizen who lives in the area of a possible siting of the subject earlier in the morning. SO personnel responded to the area about 950 hours. The deputy saw and attempted to make contact with the possible subject, but the juvenile ran away from the officer. The officer and another friend of the juvenile advised IC that the clothing description did not match previous reports. LCSAR resources were redirected to that area, and a containment area was established. LCSAR teams were deployed in various directions from the last seen point, where the officer spotted the subject.
At 1035 hours, one of the dog teams located the subject juvenile hiding under a tree. The juvenile was distraught, but otherwise ok. SO personnel assisted the subject return to her home. At 1043 the SAR team was stood down. The team was clear of the scene at 1115 hours.
LCSAR members:16 members (including SARM and ITC)
SO personnel: 4+
LCSAR volunteer hours: 45 man hours
LCSAR volunteer miles: 225 miles
Saturday 31 January 2015 – RMNP Black Lake – At about 13:30 the Duty SAR Manager George Janson is paged to call Dave Mosier; RMNP is asking for responders to assist with carry-out from Black Lake in Glacier Gorge due to a SPOT activation and to call them for the details; we agree that 6-8 from LCSAR is an appropriate number so as to leave sufficient resources for any simultaneous in-County needs. RMNP Operations Chief David asks for up to 20 responders (he has also tasked RMRG) for carryout of a fallen 50 yom climber over the snow-packed trail, to respond as soon as practicable to their SAR Cache; snowshoes and full-on winter gear are required. ITC John Lee gets a quick response from six members. Because weather conditions are favorable, RMNP requests that a Flight For Life helicopter also respond. After staging at RMNP’s SAR Cache, our group with a Park Ranger team leader is en route to the trailhead when they learn the helicopter has successfully extracted the subject and is en route to the hospital. Shortly after returning to the RMNP Cache our members are released. At about 19:30 I receive word that our Team mates have exited the Big Thompson Canyon and all will be at their homes shortly.
LCSAR resources (including SARM and ITC): 8
Mission duration: ~7 hours
Mission mileage: ~90 miles round trip/vehicle
Flight For Life med-evac helicopter
At about 14:00 the Duty SAR Manager George Janson is paged to call Tony Simons; RMNP is asking for a dog team for Friday to assist an on-going search, and to call them for the details. (LCSAR had been alerted on Tuesday by RMNP of this search, but they weren’t requesting our resources at that time.) Tim P., Operations Chief for this mission, gave me the detailed background and weather conditions, sufficient to determine that an air-scent dog is an appropriate resource. I next talk with Jess B. about LCSAR’s dog teams capabilities to deal with the harsh winter conditions above timberline in the search area around Ute Pass on Trail Ridge Road. I then contact Jake U. who is available to respond.
Later in the afternoon, just after 17:00, Tony contacts me to advise that RMNP rangers had located the subject, who is alive, along the treeline, and were able to fly him from the site to a medical facility. Our dog team response was then stood-down.
LCSAR resources (including SARM): 3
Mission duration: 3 hours
Mission mileage: -0-
RMNP resources: unknown specifics
The on call SAR manager, L1 was asked to call O3 reference a possible missing person from a motor vehicle accident (MVA). The SAR team was paged to have dog teams, trackers, and ground searchers respond. The search was focused on the open farmland around the accident scene. Three dog teams, one tracking team, and one ground search team were tasked to look for anyone in the area. As the teams were search, LCSO continued their investigations and it was determined that there was only one person in the vehicle and he had been account for. All SAR resources were called back to ICP to be debrief and released.
SAR Personal: 17 (including ITC and SM)
SAR Personal Hours: 387 hours
SAR Miles Driven: 600
Emergency Services: 1
The on call SAR manager, L1 was asked to call O3 reference a missing 79 year old male in Glacier View. He was last seen at 1 am. The SAR team was paged to have dog teams, trackers, and ground searchers respond. The team was staging at the Glacier View Fire station while L1 and O3 worked on gathering additional information and putting a search strategy together. We started to field one tracking dog team when a neighbor let us know that he thought that he saw the subject sitting in a field near the house. The resources that were on scene (O3, L1, 1 SAR member, 2 LCSO deputies) went over to the subject and were able to get the subject and transport him back to his home.
SAR Personal: 15
SAR Personal Hours: 45 hours
SAR Miles Driven: 1080
Emergency Services: 1
Glacier View Fire Department: 2
Jacob McDaniel, L59
On call SAR manager (L1) was paged to contact S17 reference a missing female juvenile in Laporte.
It was decided that we would get SAR resources going and have them stage in Laporte. One SAR member arrived on scene and was fielded to assist in determining if the tracks that were seen belonged to the missing girl. Very soon after we were told the subject had been located.
LCSAR personal: 15 (Including SAR Manger and ITC)
Personal Hours: 15
Miles Driven: 60
Jacob McDaniel, L59
### END REPORTS 2015 ###