Backcountry Accidents Rescues - 2nd Quarter 2003

Backcountry Accidents Rescues - 2nd Quarter 2003

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April 6th, 2003, 7:13 am #1

First Quarter 2003 accidents are here:
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Fourth Quarter 2002 accidents are here:
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April 6th, 2003, 7:14 am #2

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April 6th, 2003, 7:16 am #3

A flash camera proved to be an invaluable rescue tool after an out-of-state man fell more than 30 feet while hiking in the Estrella Mountains the morning of April 3.

The man and his brother, neither of whom could be identified by press time, had been hiking in the mountain’s foothills near Estrella Parkway and Elliott Road when he lost his footing at about 7:50 a.m., said Captain Russ Braden, spokesman for the Goodyear Fire Department.

The brother immediately called 9-1-1 on his cell phone and, within minutes, several Valley emergency rescue agencies were on their way and four helicopters were overhead, looking for the brothers.

But because they were wearing dark clothing, the brothers “blended into the mountain and could not be seen from the air,” Braden said. “When they realized they weren’t being spotted, one of them just started flashing his camera.
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April 6th, 2003, 7:18 am #4

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NORWICH, Vt. (AP) The man whose body was found near the Appalachian Trail earlier this week has been identified as Richard J. Zion, 28, of Wakefield, Mass.
''We believe that he was sleeping in a sleeping bag and somehow got too close to a campfire,'' he said. ''There was some of his clothing and his sleeping bag was found with indications of burning, but the gentleman was found not immediately at the campsite, but about 50 yards away.''
Soares said Zion may have been trying to escape his burning sleeping bag, and then the burning clothes, running downhill from the site of his campfire.
http://www.boston.com/dailynews/094/reg ... _ma:.shtml

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April 7th, 2003, 2:13 am #5

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Here's an excellent article on the April rescue copter crash on Shasta

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.c ... P70784.DTL

But Matt Hill, 35, and Dan Towner, 39, climbing rangers at Mount Shasta for the U.S. Forest Service, survived a helicopter crash at 12,000 feet. The ordeal has been the subject of TV features, news shows and mountaineering lore across the hemisphere and has turned Hill and Towner into legends.
This incident started when a climber was killed in a 2,000-foot fall. His partner then was reported lost and missing in a snow storm.
Hill and Towner were dispatched, and with a crew of seven, departed in a Blackhawk helicopter to attempt a search and rescue. The chopper climbed up to 12,000 feet at Cascade Gulch, the massive ravine set between Shasta's twin peaks.
Over the course of nearly three hours, the crew emerged below a cloud deck. They worked their way down to the bottom of Hidden Valley in Cascade Gulch, at 9,400 feet, where another helicopter landed at a rare flat spot for the ride out to emergency services.
The flight crew was elated and quick to climb aboard.
Meanwhile, Hill and Towner, looked at each other, grinned and laughed at the sight of the helicopter.
"No way," they nearly said in unison to the pilot.
They each strapped on Telemark skis, and in a flash, sailed down the mountain on their own, heading to the parking area at Bunny Flat. Their wives, Angela and Uschi, were waiting. The four were in tears as they hugged each other.
"We were happy just to be alive," Hill said.
This accident occurred in April of 2000, almost three years ago to the day. It seems they were born to deal with this moment.
Towner, meanwhile, is one of the West's most prolific mountain climbers. He has worked as a climbing ranger for 10 years, with more than 200 summits of Mount Shasta alone. Towner has always had an orientation to the outdoors and an edge for the best. He grew up in San Jose, went backpacking and climbing with the Boy Scouts and ran track and cross-country at Chico State.


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April 10th, 2003, 5:14 pm #6

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Mount Rainier National Park (WA)
Three Hikers Rescued Near Nisqually Glacier

On Saturday, April 5th, three hikers left Paradise, intending to hike three hours uphill in the direction of Camp Muir and spend two hours on the return hike. That evening, a 911 call was received by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher via cell phone. Although the connection was poor, the caller managed to make it clear that he was lost in the Paradise area at Mount Rainier. Lewis County then relayed the information to the park at about 5:00 p.m. An investigation revealed that the hikers – Steve Kennebeck, Rusty Nall and John Siviling – might have been headed in the direction of Camp Muir and that they were inadequately provisioned and not prepared to spend a night on the mountain. On Sunday morning, a ground search was launched that included park climbing rangers, members of the Mount Rainier Nordic Patrol, and members of the Tacoma, Seattle, Olympic and Portland mountain rescue teams. Over the previous 24 hours, 14 inches of snow had fallen and the avalanche danger was high. At approximately 11:30 a.m., climbing rangers Stoney Richards and Glenn Kessler received a response to their calls to the three men. They learned that the hikers had been suddenly engulfed in whiteout conditions and had veered off course. They then stopped and dug a snow cave on the moraine of the Nisqually Glacier and shared one space blanket among them through the night. Extreme caution was used in moving the party off the moraine due to unstable snow conditions that had caused high avalanche danger. The three men were able to walk out on their own. The IC on the incident was Chris Trotter. [Patti Wold, Incident IO, MORA]
http://data2.itc.nps.gov/morningreport/ ... F10%2F2003
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April 14th, 2003, 6:04 pm #7

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Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve (AK)
Skier Killed By Avalanche On Verde Peak

On the afternoon of April 10th, Paul Claus of Ultima Thule Outfitters contacted chief ranger
Hunter Sharp by satellite phone and informed him that one of his clients had been killed in an
avalanche. The client was later identified as Dr. Robert L. Pulliam III, 55, of Anchorage. Sharp
contacted Alaska state troopers, who have primary jurisdiction on fatalities in the park, and
informed them of the incident. Ranger/pilot Tom Betts flew a trooper to Chitina airport, where he
conducted interviews with Claus, guide Drew Lovell, and Pulliam’s skiing partner, Dr. Hedrick
Hanson. Claus had landed the trio on the summit of Verde peak to begin their descent. Both
Lovell and Hanson said that the group was staying high on the ridge, out of the danger zone,
when they looked back and saw Pulliam ski down into the gully. Pulliam stopped and was
performing a kick turn when the slope gave way about ten feet upslope. Pulliam lost his balance
and fell head first upslope into the debris. A second release immediately occurred above the first
fracture and more snow came down on top of him. The slide continued for approximately 1700
feet. Pulliam was wearing a transciever and his body was located approximately 25 minutes after
the slide occurred. He suffered severe head trauma and was lifeless when pulled out of the
debris. Neither Lovell nor Hanson was caught in the slide. Claus first learned of the fatality when
he flew over the skiers to check on them at approximately 2:30 in the afternoon. After interviews
were conducted, Betts and the trooper flew to the site to obtain aerial photos. Due to the lateness
of the day, recovery efforts were put off until the next morning. At approximately 9 a.m., the next
morning, Betts met with Claus and five of his employees and a private helicopter owned and
operated by a friend of Claus at a frozen lake below the accident site. Claus and three of his
employees were flown to the summit of Verde peak. They reached Pulliam’s body by the same
route that Lovell had taken the day before. Betts and two others skied from the valley below up to
the site. The body was extricated and skied down to a point where the helicopter was able hook
on with a long line and sling the body down to the airplanes below. Prior to leaving the site one of
the rescuers led the group in a very moving short memorial service. Media interest has been high
as both of the doctors are well known in the Anchorage community.
[Submitted by Tom Betts, Park Ranger]
http://data2.itc.nps.gov/morningreport/ ... F14%2F2003
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April 14th, 2003, 6:48 pm #8

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Apr. 14 (AP) — A 31-year-old Fremont man is safe this morning after spending the chilly night lost in Mission Peak Regional Preserve.
Local Headlines


A helicopter equipped with heat-seeking search equipment located Chen Ji shortly after it took off at first light.

Officials say Ji and a friend were hiking there last night when they became separated. Ji used his cell phone to tell his friend he had fallen and was lost. Then the connection went dead.

Officials hunted all night on foot, using dogs and a helicopter equipped with a powerful searchlight.
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/news/041403_ ... found.html
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April 15th, 2003, 1:40 pm #9

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Haleakala National Park (HI)
Father and Daughter Presumed Drowned in Flash Flood

Shortly after 4:30 p.m. on April 10th, Kevin Brown, 39, his wife, Holly, and their children Clayton, 11, and Elizabeth, 8, all from Louisville, Kentucky, were hiking along ‘Ohe’o Stream when Elizabeth fell part way across. As her father was helping her, family members heard a loud noise and saw a six-foot wall of water sweep down the creek and carry the two over the 200-foot-high Makahiku Falls. The mother and son were able to scramble up the steep slope to safety. A search was begun, but no sign of the father and daughter has yet been found. Due to the extreme flooding, pools along the entire downstream stretch of the ‘Ohe’o and the ocean are both being included in the search area. Maui FD divers are searching submerged ledges and underwater caves in the stream as the turbulent water permits. At the time of the incident, light rain was reported at Kipahulu VC and a flash flood warning had just been released. That warning, posted at 4:25 p.m., covered the area from Kipahulu to Haiku. The National Weather Service reported a 24-hour rain total of .98 inches at ‘Ohe’o, 3.23 inches in Hana, and 2.51 inches in Kaupo
[Submitted by Sharon Ringsven, Acting Chief of Interpretation]
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April 18th, 2003, 1:59 pm #10

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A NAKED climber plunged to his death after climbing a 130ft telephone mast on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

The body of keen climber Stuart Bain, 22, was discovered by a farmer at the bottom of the mast. The family of the stonemason had reported him missing days before the tragic discovery at Warklaw Hill, Currie.

His family said that the 22-year-old’s death had been a tragic accident, but that he had been killed achieving a longheld ambition to scale the towering Vodafone mobile phone mast.

http://www.edinburghnews.com/index.cfm?id=441752003
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