Fourth Quarter 2004 Accidents/Rescues


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October 5th, 2004, 4:50 pm #2

October 2004 Accidents/Rescues
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October 5th, 2004, 4:51 pm #3

The Oregon Army National Guard early Monday rescued a 29-year-old woman who got hurt while hiking on Mt. Jefferson, authorities said.


A crew launched a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter from the Army Aviation Support Facility in Salem just after 11 p.m. Sunday, after getting alerted about the injured woman.


They found her on the mountain about an hour later and flew her to Salem Hospital. Authorities have not released the woman's name or elaborated on her injuries.


This was the second rescue mission involving the Oregon Guard Sunday. Earlier in the day, a crew rescued a climber off Mt. Adams who had a compound fracture to his leg.


The climber was flown to Legacy Emmanuel Hospital for treatment.
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October 5th, 2004, 4:51 pm #4

October 2004 Accidents/Rescues
After falling and sliding down a steep, snow-covered slope 7,500 feet up the south face of Mount Adams yesterday morning, a Portland-area climber was rescued by an Oregon Army National Guard helicopter team.
Lt. Col. Dan Hokanson, commander of the military air rescue team, said that other climbers had come down the mountain after the accident and sought help shortly before noon.
The Blackhawk rescue helicopter was able to land in a small depression near the injured man and flew him to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.
At 5:30 p.m., the climber was in stable condition at the hospital and preparing to go into surgery for a compound fracture to his leg.
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October 5th, 2004, 4:55 pm #5

October 2004 Accidents/Rescues
Mount Rainier National Park (WA)
Climbers Rescued



A group of seven military service members from Fort Lewis Army Base in Washington began a hike up Knapsack Pass in the Mowich Lake area at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 2nd.


Two members of the party decided to reach the summit by climbing a rock face south of the pass. While on their way up, one of them fell about 60 feet to the talus slope below him and rolled another 100 feet down the slope. He sustained head, back and neck injuries. His partner became stranded on the rock face.


Another member of the group hiked back to Mowich Lake and called dispatch to summon help. Rangers joined him and were lead back to the scene of the incident. They stabilized the injured 19-year-old with the assistance of an Army medic who had been lowered to the scene; the victim was then flown to Harborview Hospital by a MAST helicopter from Fort Lewis.


Rangers next turned their attention to the stranded climber, who was perched on a small ledge/overhang, dressed in only a t-shirt, shorts and sneakers on a night when temperatures were forecast to drop into the high 30s or low 40s. Rangers climbed to his location, set up an anchor station, and lowered him to safety in the dark using headlamps. He and the rest of his party were escorted to Mowich Lake trailhead.


None of the members of the group was properly equipped for hiking or climbing – they had no overnight provisions, no first aid kits, and no climbing gear – and none had any climbing experience.
The IC for the rescue was Paige Ritterbusch; participating were rangers Jim Hull, Molly Burns, Scott Bagocious, Geoff Walker and Uwe Nehring and VIP’s Tim Osburn, Cheryl Chillman, Tyler Chillman and Tyson Nehring. [Submitted by Uwe Nehring]
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October 5th, 2004, 4:58 pm #6

October 2004 Accidents/Rescues
Arrowhead Hotshot crewmember Daniel Holmes, 26, of Bellingham, Washington, was killed on Saturday when he was hit by a falling dead tree on the Grant West Prescribed Fire in Kings Canyon National Park.


Born on January 16, 1978 in Springfield, Massachusetts, Dan was the son of Raymond E Holmes, Jr. and Delina J. Burke. Dan, his mother, and his brother Matt moved to Rochester, New Hampshire, in 1984. Dan grew up in Rochester, graduating from Spaulding High School in 1996. An athlete all of his life, Dan played Babe Ruth baseball and later excelled as a varsity hockey and football player at Spaulding.


In addition to his love of athletics, Dan grew up enamored with everything related to the outdoors. He appreciated every aspect of wilderness, whether as an athlete snowboarding, mountaineering, and climbing or in his academic pursuits in which he went on to graduate from Johnson State College with a BA in environmental science.


In recent years, Dan accomplished many a boy’s dream by combining his outdoor adventures with his passion to protect the environment by becoming a ranger with the National Park Service. He sought the wild natural areas of the West to begin this latest chapter in his life, beginning his career at Mt. Rainier. He spent several years there, first volunteering as a backcountry ranger, then being hire to work on trail crews and serve as a wildland firefighter.


Dan became skilled at firefighting as his experience grew in the massive fires in the West. In 2003, he was selected to become a member of the National Park Service Arrowhead Hotshots, a crew which only selects the best of the best for fighting fires. Dan was with the crew when a large tree unexpectedly broke off during a firing operation and ended his too brief life. He will be sadly missed by his many friends and colleagues.


Members of his family include his mother, Delina J. Burke of Rochester; his father, Raymond E. Holmes of Westville Massachusetts; and his brother, Matthew Holmes of Tampa, Florida. He is also survived by his girlfriend, Jules Sautter, of Bellingham.


Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the Sierra Club or to the Wildland Firefighters Foundation in Boise, Idaho. For information on the former, go to https://ww2.sierraclub.org/membership/donate/ and click on “Commemorative and Memorial Gifts” on the left side of the page; for information on the latter, go to http://wffoundation.org/default.asp?pag ... arent_id=0) and click on “Donations.”


Calling hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m. this Wednesday at the R.M. Edgerly & Son Funeral Home, 86 South Main Street, Rochester NH 03867.


Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 34 South Main Street, Rochester. Firefighters, rangers and others arriving in marked vehicles need to assemble at the Edgerly Funeral Home parking lot by 9 a.m. on Thursday for the short walk or motorcade to the church. Winter dress uniforms or clean and pressed firefighters uniforms should be worn. A reception with the family will follow the service.


For more on the Arrowhead Hotshots and a tribute to Dan, please go to http://www.arrowheadhotshots.org/.

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October 7th, 2004, 8:10 pm #7

October 2004 Accidents/Rescues
A Jordanian helicopter evacuated two Israeli mountain climbers Thursday, after the two ran out of water in the vicinity of Wadi Ram, in central Jordan. The two were unable to descend from a cliff in the area, and used their cellular phone to call a friend in Israel, who contacted the Foreign Ministry.

Israel's consul in Jordan, Shaul Mosari, contacted the Jordanian authorities, who ordered the dispatch of the helicopter.

The Jordanian media has not reported on the incident.
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/485874.html
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October 7th, 2004, 8:13 pm #8

October 2004 Accidents/Rescues
Two climbers — one injured in a 30-foot tumble, the other beyond his experience level — were rescued from White Horse Ledge in North Conway yesterday, a state official said.
The North Conway Fire and Rescue Department and five members from Mountain Rescue Service participated in the effort, said Brian Abrams, a conservation officer with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.
Abrams said trouble started when the two climbers from Westford, Mass., were about 500 feet up the cliff. Michael Grumach, 35, slipped about 15 feet above his last anchor, meaning he fell 30 feet, Abrams said.
He jammed his left ankle and could not put weight on it. His companion, Ronald Groulx, 37, realized he was beyond his abilities and used his cellular telephone to call for help.
The rescuers formed two groups, to reach each climber. Abrams said Grumach was injured at 4:20 p.m.; everyone was off the cliff by 6:50 p.m. Grumach was transported to Conway Memorial Hospital for treatment to his ankle.
Abrams said the climbers were about 200 feet from their destination, but in a very difficult spot.
http://www.theunionleader.com/articles_ ... icle=45169
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October 12th, 2004, 4:17 pm #9

October 2004 Accidents/Rescues
One man died and another was seriously injured after the two plummeted at least 200 feet down a steep rock canyon wall while climbing Sunday afternoon in the Boulder Falls area.
It took rescuers three hours to extract the surviving climber, who was in critical condition when he was flown to St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver.
The men, both in their 20s, are thought to be Denver-area residents, authorities said. Their identities were not immediately available.
The men climbed without ropes or safety gear along the wall above North Boulder Creek through an area that is off-limits to climbers, Boulder County sheriff's Lt. Larry Stern said.
"There are all kinds of signs - there's a fence and a wall to keep climbers away," Stern said. "This is a problem area where we average one fatality a year."
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October 15th, 2004, 2:03 am #10

October 2004 Accidents/Rescues
Two Japanese were swept to their deaths by an avalanche Sunday while trying to scale Annapurna One in Nepal, officials said.

The bodies of team leader Michio Sato, 43, of Nagoya, and Hideji Nazuka, 49, of Maebashi, were found later Sunday, the Aichi Mountaineering Association here said Monday. Two other Japanese in the party were confirmed safe.

A group led by Sato was ascending the north face of the 8,091-meter Himalayan peak when disaster struck.

The team, attached to safety ropes, had reached a height of about 6,200 meters when the avalanche roared down the mountain around 11 a.m. local time, the association said.

http://www.asahi.com/english/nation/TKY ... 30161.html
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