First Quarter 2004 Backcountry Rescues/Accidents

First Quarter 2004 Backcountry Rescues/Accidents

Ken Akerman
Ken Akerman

January 3rd, 2004, 8:29 pm #1

We will post backcountry rescues and accidents here.
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Ken Akerman
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January 3rd, 2004, 8:33 pm #2

We will post accident/rescue reports here.
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Ken Akerman
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January 3rd, 2004, 8:51 pm #3

FAIRFIELD, ID - Longtime residents of the <a href=http://www.city-data.com/city/Fairfield ... irfield</a> area say the avalanche that slammed through a cabin below <a href=http://www.soldiermountain.com/>Soldier Mountain Ski Resort</a> and killed a <a href=http://access.wa.gov/>Washington</a> couple early Friday was the biggest they´d ever seen.

<a href=http://www.grad.washington.edu/area/con ... ans>Marsha L. Landolt</a>, 55, <a href=http://www.washington.edu/>University of Washington</a> <a href=http://www.grad.washington.edu/>Graduate School</a> dean, and her husband, Robert A. Busch, 58, were killed when the avalanche struck their cabin between 1 and 2 a.m. as the family slept, according to the <a href=http://www.ohwy.com/id/y/y16025.htm>Camas County</a> Sheriff´s Office. Five other family members escaped with minor injuries.

<a href=http://www.idahostatesman.com/Story.asp?ID=57582>Click here to read the article</a>.

Also, read the article in the <a href=http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/apl ... hs>Seattle Post-Intelligencer</a>.
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Ken Akerman
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January 3rd, 2004, 9:11 pm #4

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MONTE CRISTO, UT - While a search for the bodies of two snowboarders caught in an avalanche a week ago was called off again in <a href=http://www.co.utah.ut.us/>Utah County</a>, rescuers on Friday found nine people who had headed out in four separate groups Thursday and became lost in snow whipping through eastern <a href=http://www.co.weber.ut.us/>Weber County</a>.

Three snowboarders had become lost and disoriented Thursday afternoon when snowfall, heavy winds and blowing snow created near white-out conditions near <a href=http://www.powdermountain.com/>Powder Mountain Ski Resort</a>. They were spotted Friday at about 9 a.m. by a <a href=http://highwaypatrol.utah.gov/>Utah Highway Patrol</a> helicopter.

Danny Wilson, one of the snowboarders, told Salt Lake television station <a href=http://kutv.com/home/>KUTV</a> the group "ended up losing track of where we were."

But <a href=http://www.co.weber.ut.us/sheriff/>Weber County Sheriff</a>'s Sgt. Brad Randall described the conditions as so severe that the men "couldn't tell what was up and what was down. They couldn't see their hand in front of their face."

Randall added that the three "did the right thing. They hunkered down."

The group dug a <a href=http://www.avalanche.org/~nac/NAC/IBTpa ... .html>snow cave</a> and built small fires out of dried pine needles.

<a href=http://www.sltrib.com/2004/Jan/01032004 ... .asp>Click here to read the article</a>.
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Ken Akerman
Ken Akerman

January 3rd, 2004, 9:35 pm #5

Correction to the above posting: There were a total of nine people in three separate groups rescued from snowstorms in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah on Friday. There was one group of three snowboarders, and there were two groups of snowmobilers, each consisting of three snowmobilers.

You can read the entire articles about these winter backcountry rescues in <a href=http://www.sltrib.com/2004/Jan/01032004 ... asp>[i]The Salt Lake Tribune[/i]</a>, the <a href=http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,5 ... [i]Deseret News[/i]</a>, and the <a href=http://www.standard.net/>Standard Examiner</a>.
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January 5th, 2004, 9:52 pm #6

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January 5th, 2004, 9:53 pm #7

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MOUNT BALDY VILLAGE, Calif. --
Officials called off the ground search Sunday night for a Buena Park man who tumbled 100 feet down a Mount Baldy ridge while hiking on New Year's Day.

Investigators will continue the search for Charles Koh on Monday, but only by helicopter. Officials said most of the ground searchers were volunteers from Northern California who were returning to their jobs on Monday.

"If we can find resources for ground crews, we'll do that, but we used up a lot of resources - people - for the mudslides," said Robin Haynal of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

Koh, 53, had been hiking with relatives and reached the summit, but fell on the way back down, officials said.

Rescuers reached the spot early Friday where Koh had fallen and they found trace amounts of blood on the snow and a ski pole that Koh had been using as a hiking stick.

http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs. ... /401050669
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January 5th, 2004, 9:54 pm #8

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Dan Witkowski, a 25-year-old Ellensburg resident, survived four days and four nights in below-freezing temperatures in the central Cascade Mountains, with nothing to eat and no survival gear except the clothes he was wearing.
A King County Sheriff's Office helicopter spotted fresh tracks and a glove about 1 p.m. yesterday west of Alpental Ski Area, near Snoqualmie Pass, and radioed to searchers on skis. About 4 p.m., they tracked down Dan Witkowski near the northwest corner of Tuscohatchie Lake, more than a mile west of where he had started.
Dan Witkowski was lying down, dehydrated, suffering from hypothermia and "barely lucid," according to King County Sheriff's Chaplain Gary Van Landingham. The helicopter dropped off a medic, who stabilized him.
Another helicopter flew Dan Witkowski to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he was wrapped in plastic and warm blankets. He was well enough to talk with family and friends.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/l ... er05m.html
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January 6th, 2004, 10:12 pm #9

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A construction industry lobbyist died after falling into the water in an apparent accident while duck hunting, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank T. Rogers said.
The body of William E. "Willy" O'Neil, 48, of Everett, manager of environmental affairs for the Associated General Contractors in Olympia, and his shotgun were found Monday morning in three feet of water in a marsh, Rogers said.
The body was located after search personnel found O'Neil's golden retriever, Widgen, near the south end of Washburn Island where the Okanogan River empties into the Columbia River, the sheriff said.
O'Neil, a former state rules coordinator who lobbied for the construction group in the Legislature and state agencies, apparently was overcome by hypothermia, Rogers said.
The search began Sunday night after O'Neil was reported missing by a hunting partner who had fallen ill with the flu and stayed in a motel.
The dog apparently never left O'Neil's body, Rogers said.
http://www.kirotv.com/politics/2743448/detail.html
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January 8th, 2004, 3:41 am #10

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A 65-year-old Yucaipa man tumbled 400 feet to his death Monday while hiking with a friend near the San Bernardino Mountains community of Forest Falls, authorities said Tuesday.

Kenneth Smith was climbing a steep icy slope when he fell in an area known as Mill Creek Jumpoff, just north of Yucaipa, said San Bernardino County sheriff's Deputy Shannon Kovich.
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me ... california
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