Backcountry Accidents/Rescues - 3rd Quarter 2003

Backcountry Accidents/Rescues - 3rd Quarter 2003

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July 3rd, 2003, 2:16 pm #1

Second Quarter 2003 accidents (part 2) are here:
http://www.network54.com/Hide/Forum/mes ... 1052491086

Second Quarter 2003 accidents (part 1) are here:
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First Quarter 2003 accidents are here:
http://www.network54.com/Hide/Forum/mes ... 1041521517

Fourth Quarter 2002 accidents are here:
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July 3rd, 2003, 2:17 pm #2

I am posting July 2003 accident/rescue reports here.
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July 3rd, 2003, 2:18 pm #3

A 15-year-old girl from Georgia died after becoming ill in a remote area of the Appalachian Trail on Wednesday, authorities said.
Danita Ritchie of Gwinnett County was hiking with a group of young people from Georgia near the Clarke-Loudoun county line when she became ill, state police said.
The group was on a section of the trail known as The Roller Coaster because of its steep rocky climbs and sharp descents, officials said. By the time rescuers reached the rugged area, there was nothing they could do, Trooper Richard McClanahan said.
http://www.accessnorthga.com/news/ap_ne ... p?ID=12206

AT Roller Coaster on web:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=U ... il+georgia
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July 4th, 2003, 5:09 pm #4

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A hiker reported lost on Wednesday was found safe and sound Thursday afternoon, only to be arrested on an outstanding drug warrant.
The saga of lost hiker Mark Anthony Conner, 40, began on Tuesday in Lassen National Forest, about 10 miles west of Chester.
Conner and a friend left for the ice caves from Wilson Lake Tuesday morning, but the two became separated during the hike.
Conner was found walking on Highway 36 near Black Forest Lodge by sheriff's deputies in the area. He was uninjured and in good health.
The deputies arrested Conner on an outstanding no-bail drug warrant out of Redding. He was booked into the Tehama County Jail in Red Bluff.
http://www.chicoer.com/Stories/0,1413,1 ... 81,00.html
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July 5th, 2003, 2:36 pm #5

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ROCK climber plunged more than 30 metres to his death today after a rock gave way from a vertical face known as Mt Crookneck in the Queensland Sunshine Coast's Glasshouse Mountains range.

The 37-year-old man from Mooloolaba fell after loose rocks on the vertical rockface gave way just before 4pm (AEST) today.
A police spokesman said it appeared the two climbers had walked past a sign warning of the dangers of the rockface, which was closed to climbers.
The man was also not believed to have been wearing a helmet when he fell.
http://www.thesundaymail.news.com.au/co ... 21,00.html

Mt. Crookneck on Web:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=& ... +Crookneck
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July 5th, 2003, 2:37 pm #6

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An unidentified man has died after plummeting down Niagara Falls in Canada wearing a flotation device, scuba fins and a green rope attached to a duffel bag.
The Buffalo News reports that a tourist from out of state videotaped the apparent suicide and the tape was seized as evidence by state park police.
Witnesses say the man walked into the water just north of the Horseshoe Falls Friday, then fell 170 feet to its base. Police believe the man was in his 50s.
http://www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=1348409
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July 5th, 2003, 5:49 pm #7

ROCK climber plunged more than 30 metres to his death today after a rock gave way from a vertical face known as Mt Crookneck in the Queensland Sunshine Coast's Glasshouse Mountains range.

The 37-year-old man from Mooloolaba fell after loose rocks on the vertical rockface gave way just before 4pm (AEST) today.
A police spokesman said it appeared the two climbers had walked past a sign warning of the dangers of the rockface, which was closed to climbers.
The man was also not believed to have been wearing a helmet when he fell.
http://www.thesundaymail.news.com.au/co ... 21,00.html

Mt. Crookneck on Web:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=& ... +Crookneck
Crookneck, a striking volcanic plug (like such places as Bora Bora, but covered w/dry bush not jungle) is in the Glasshouse Mts. N. of Brisbane, from which they are visible. The range also includes Beerwah, Tibrogargan, and possibly others. As I remember (from 1971), Beerwah can be climbed with no >a scramble; on my long safari round Australia, then on to Boulder, I left my pack at the Glasshouse Mts. railway station, hiked out and climbed it. The summit was afflicted with flying ants--Brisbane is now menaced by a far worse exotic invader, fire ants--but it was a pleasant outing.
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July 7th, 2003, 1:29 pm #8

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A climber has died after falling 90ft from a hill in the Staffordshire Moorlands.
The victim, believed to be in his 40s and from the Chesterfield area, was part of a group of climbers ascending Beeston Tor, near the village of Grindon.
The accident happened at around 2.10pm on Saturday, with the air ambulance and search and rescue teams sent to the area in an attempt to rescue the victim.
http://www.thesentinel.co.uk/displayNod ... PK=6280342

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July 7th, 2003, 1:30 pm #9

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When a 12-year-old slid down a snowfield and tumbled through 200 feet of rocks Saturday, the group he was traveling with was not prepared, rescuers said.

The unidentified boy was descending the south ridge of Peak 8 after reaching the summit with his father and family friends when the group started crossing a patch of snow.

That helicopter that they sent up here first was mechanically incapable of flying at the altitude we needed it to fly at," Baylor said.

Flight for Life was then dispatched and evacuated the boy shortly before 9 p.m. He was taken to Children's Hospital in Denver, where he was listed in fair condition.

Baylor said the problems the group encountered stemmed from a failure to heed the standard lessons of Backcountry 101.
Though the group had the cell phone and knew roughly where they were, no one had a map, which resulted in wasted time trying to pinpoint the injured boy's location.

"This county is so big, there's so much area," Baylor said. "(It's like saying) "we're going to throw a needle in a haystack, and you go find it.'"

Furthermore, while the group had some food and water, its members had little additional clothing and supplies for an emergency like the one that occurred.

Baylor said that when the group reached the snowfield, it could have exercised more caution, and failure to do so was what lead to the accident.
http://www.summitdaily.com/apps/pbcs.dl ... /307070101

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July 7th, 2003, 1:32 pm #10

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A 41-year old woman was seriously injured while hiking today, when she was struck by a tumbling rock.
The woman was with two companions, hiking up Little Cottonwood Canyon, high above the White Pine area.
Somehow a 40-pound rock about 14-inches in diameter became disloged, and struck the woman in the chest.

This is second time that a boulder has hit a hiker. Earlier this summer a young man was killd when he was hit in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
http://tv.ksl.com/index.php?nid=39&sid=36955

The earlier accident:
http://www.network54.com/Hide/Forum/mes ... 1053613043

Cottonwood Canyon in Utah on Web:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=U ... anyon+utah
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