First Quarter 2008 Accidents/Rescues

First Quarter 2008 Accidents/Rescues

Joined: January 21st, 2004, 4:12 am

January 8th, 2008, 3:12 am #1

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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 4:12 am

January 8th, 2008, 3:13 am #2

We will post January accident reports here.

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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 4:12 am

January 8th, 2008, 3:21 am #3

CONEJOS, CO — Six snowmobilers missing in the mountains for 2½ days while a howling blizzard swirled around them were rescued today — hungry and cold but unhurt — after taking shelter in a cozy cabin and calling 911 on a cell phone when the storm eased up.

The group, consisting of two couples and two teenagers, broke into the cabin, where they huddled around a gas grill and dined on popcorn and chicken bouillon they found inside.

"We counted 18 blankets. We were cozy," 31-year-old Shannon Groen said after rescue crews on snowmobiles brought the group to safety. "God was looking out for us. When we knew we were safe we began to worry about the rescuers and we prayed for them."

Groen and the others were trapped by one in a series of storms that killed at least three people across the West, unloaded as much as 11 feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada range, flooded hundreds of homes in Nevada and knocked out power to a quarter-million Californians.

At least three people — two skiers and a hiker — were missing in the snow-covered mountains of California and Colorado.

<a href=http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2 ... iers>Click here to read the article from the Rocky Mountain News</a>.

Two snowbound families spent more than two days in a cabin near an isolated train station in southern Colorado before searchers found them this morning.

"We just stayed in the cabin because it was safe," Jason Groen, 36, said when crews on snowmobiles brought him and five others to the top of Cumbres Pass at about 11 a.m, according to the Associated Press.

Groen, the owner of several businesses in Farmington, N.M, his wife and teenage daughter were snowmobiling with with another family near the pass about 30 miles north of Chama.

The group got lost and ran out of gas Friday night.

"The snow was so bad, they had gotten disoriented with the whiteout," Jason Groen's father, Larry, said in a telephone interview this morning.

They took refuge in a cabin near the isolated Osier Station, a small wooden building that serves as summertime stop on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, a tourist line.

<a href=http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_7902707>Click here to read the article from The Denver Post</a>.
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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 4:12 am

January 8th, 2008, 3:37 am #4

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The body of Buford hiker Meredith Emerson, missing since New Year's Day in the North Georgia mountains, has been found by authorities, her family's spokeswoman confirmed Monday night.

"We did find out just now, not that it was unexpected," Peggy Bailey said.

She did not confirm exactly where the body was found but said, "I know it was a place where they have been looking."

As search parties continued with a sixth day of scouring the mountains for Emerson, the man suspected of killing her faced a judge but made no comment.

Although the father of the young hiker went before cameras Monday to ask the public to "search their hearts and memories" for anything that might lead to his daughter, attorneys said that even if searchers had never found her body, Gary Michael Hilton still could have been charged with her murder.

Hilton was charged Saturday with kidnapping with bodily injury, felonies that carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

<a href=http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/ ... stab>Click here to read the article from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution</a>.
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Joined: January 22nd, 2004, 5:48 am

January 9th, 2008, 12:55 pm #5

The young lady apparently went hiking in Blood Mt area, very poular dayhiking area and the HP of Lumpkin county Ga. Very sad and a case worthy of the needle.
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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 4:12 am

January 15th, 2008, 6:48 am #6

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Authorities are trying to determine whether a body found Sunday on <a href=http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock ... html>Mount Tamalpais</a>, the highest point of <a href=http://www.co.marin.ca.us/default1024.asp>Marin County</a>, is that of missing <a href=http://www.irs.gov>IRS</a> Agent Veronica Ruiz.

A <a href=http://www.marinsheriff.org>Marin County Sheriff's Department</a> search and rescue team found the body of a woman at 1:38 p.m. in Slide Gulch Ravine, sheriff's Lt. Doug Pittman said.

The body was "concealed by trees and shrubbery" about 30 or 40 yards from a trail, Pittman said.

"We are characterizing it a suspicious death," he said.

Veronica Ruiz was last seen Dec. 3, two days after she and her boyfriend of two years broke up. A message Sunday on a Web site maintained by her family said the coroner is using dental records to see whether the body is Ruiz's.

<a href=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.c ... .DTL>Click here to read the article from the San Francisco Chronicle</a>.
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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 5:18 am

January 15th, 2008, 4:05 pm #7

I know the article said the death is suspicious, but this has some earmarks of a cougar attack. According to the story, she was supposedly a solo trail runner and her body was found concealed by shrubbery and bushes. Are mountain lions common to this area?
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Joined: August 2nd, 2001, 8:13 pm

January 15th, 2008, 10:06 pm #8

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Two climbers missing on Mt. Hood have checked in via phone and are safe after holing up in a snow cave for shelter:

Story on CNN.com.
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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 5:18 am

January 17th, 2008, 2:22 am #9

Authorities are trying to determine whether a body found Sunday on <a href=http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock ... html>Mount Tamalpais</a>, the highest point of <a href=http://www.co.marin.ca.us/default1024.asp>Marin County</a>, is that of missing <a href=http://www.irs.gov>IRS</a> Agent Veronica Ruiz.

A <a href=http://www.marinsheriff.org>Marin County Sheriff's Department</a> search and rescue team found the body of a woman at 1:38 p.m. in Slide Gulch Ravine, sheriff's Lt. Doug Pittman said.

The body was "concealed by trees and shrubbery" about 30 or 40 yards from a trail, Pittman said.

"We are characterizing it a suspicious death," he said.

Veronica Ruiz was last seen Dec. 3, two days after she and her boyfriend of two years broke up. A message Sunday on a Web site maintained by her family said the coroner is using dental records to see whether the body is Ruiz's.

<a href=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.c ... .DTL>Click here to read the article from the San Francisco Chronicle</a>.
Sad.

http://www.abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=4142074&page=1
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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 4:12 am

January 22nd, 2008, 3:24 am #10

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CROWSNEST PASS, ALBERTA -- Used to saving the lives of others, a <a href=http://www.town.crowsnestpass.ab.ca>Crowsnest Pass</a> paramedic had to keep himself alive for a harrowing 96 hours after his ATV rolled on him.

Ken Hildebrand was riding his quad last weekend north of the Livingstone Gap, about 130 km southwest of <a href=http://www.calgary.ca/portal/server.pt?>Calgary</a>, collecting animal traps when his vehicle struck a rock and ended up on top of him.

Hildebrand, who has a weak leg due to polio, ended up face down on the snowy ground with his machine pinning his strong leg.

"He was stuck there for four days and three nights -- almost 96 hours straight," says Troy Linderman, director of Crowsnest Pass EMS.

Hildebrand sustained himself by melting snow to drink and by eating the rotting meat of animals he had previously collected, which made him sick.

<a href=http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/Alberta/200 ... html>Click here to read the article from the Calgary Sun</a>.
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