Fourth Quarter 2008 Accidents/Rescues

Fourth Quarter 2008 Accidents/Rescues

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

October 1st, 2008, 10:47 pm #1

We will post fourth quarter 2008 accidents/rescues here.

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

October 1st, 2008, 10:49 pm #2

We will post October accident reports here.
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October 1st, 2008, 10:56 pm #3

MAMMOTH LAKES, CA - Some of lost air-adventurer Steve Fossett's personal belongings may have been found in the California woods not far from the Nevada state line, prompting a new search, <a href=http://www.foxnews.com>FOX News</a> learned.

Preston Morrow, a local ski shop owner, told FOX News that he was hiking alone with his dog near his home in Mammoth Lakes on Monday afternoon when he stumbled across what appeared to be three cards with Fossett's name on them that were issued by the <a href=http://www.faa.gov>Federal Aviation Administration</a> in Illinois, as well as ten, $100 bills.

Morrow, 43, returned to the site on Tuesday to get a GPS reading of the site when he spotted a sweatshirt on top of a ridge

Morrow then brought the items back home to his wife, a local fire captain, <a href=http://www.mammothlakespd.org/main.php? ... me>Mammoth Lakes Police Chief Randy Schienle</a> told FOX News, correcting earlier reports that she found the cards and bills. He then turned the items over to local police Wednesday after unsuccessful attempts to contact Fossett's family.

<a href=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,431 ... html>Click here to read the article</a>.
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Joined: August 2nd, 2001, 8:13 pm

October 2nd, 2008, 2:18 am #4

Stories on CNN and local Mammoth Lakes outlets. Also, see the topo segment in this thread on the Mt. Whitney bulletin board.

I haven't hiked that particular valley but I have been up the next one to the north of Volcanic Ridge, that being the way up to Mt. Ritter. It looks to be a rugged and mostly tree-less area. Not a good place to have ended up in a small plane.

Having met Steve once at a Washington University event, I can say that he was a gracious gentleman as well as an adventurer. We probably spoke for about 5 minutes and I learned that he had climbed Mt. Ritter from the west, rather than the east. He was also past president of the Eagle Scout Association and wrote Nathan a very nice letter of congratulations when he finished his Eagle Scout rank. I hope that these leads pan out and bring some closure to his family. Even though I met him only briefly, I was impressed with him as a person, not just for his many accomplishments.
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October 2nd, 2008, 5:06 pm #5

MAMMOTH LAKES, CA - Some of lost air-adventurer Steve Fossett's personal belongings may have been found in the California woods not far from the Nevada state line, prompting a new search, <a href=http://www.foxnews.com>FOX News</a> learned.

Preston Morrow, a local ski shop owner, told FOX News that he was hiking alone with his dog near his home in Mammoth Lakes on Monday afternoon when he stumbled across what appeared to be three cards with Fossett's name on them that were issued by the <a href=http://www.faa.gov>Federal Aviation Administration</a> in Illinois, as well as ten, $100 bills.

Morrow, 43, returned to the site on Tuesday to get a GPS reading of the site when he spotted a sweatshirt on top of a ridge

Morrow then brought the items back home to his wife, a local fire captain, <a href=http://www.mammothlakespd.org/main.php? ... me>Mammoth Lakes Police Chief Randy Schienle</a> told FOX News, correcting earlier reports that she found the cards and bills. He then turned the items over to local police Wednesday after unsuccessful attempts to contact Fossett's family.

<a href=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,431 ... html>Click here to read the article</a>.
The wreckage of a small plane found near Mammoth Lakes was confirmed to be that of the plane Steve Fossett was flying in September 2007. Full story on CNN.com.
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October 9th, 2008, 5:49 am #6

We will post October accident reports here.
A Twin Otter carrying tourists to see Mt. Everest crashed on landing. 18 of the 19 people on board were killed. 12 of those were from Germany with others from Australia. Article on yahoo.com.
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October 9th, 2008, 4:26 pm #7

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Story from the L. A. Times.

A large rockslide came down on the cabins and tent cabins in Curry Village in Yosemite National Park. Having stayed there a couple of times over the years, this one was a little too close for comfort. Fortunately, none of the injuries was serious but it points out the inherent hazards of living beneath 3,000' cliffs. You should pardon the pun, but one should never take their personal safety for granite...

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October 13th, 2008, 7:09 pm #8

MAMMOTH LAKES, CA - Some of lost air-adventurer Steve Fossett's personal belongings may have been found in the California woods not far from the Nevada state line, prompting a new search, <a href=http://www.foxnews.com>FOX News</a> learned.

Preston Morrow, a local ski shop owner, told FOX News that he was hiking alone with his dog near his home in Mammoth Lakes on Monday afternoon when he stumbled across what appeared to be three cards with Fossett's name on them that were issued by the <a href=http://www.faa.gov>Federal Aviation Administration</a> in Illinois, as well as ten, $100 bills.

Morrow, 43, returned to the site on Tuesday to get a GPS reading of the site when he spotted a sweatshirt on top of a ridge

Morrow then brought the items back home to his wife, a local fire captain, <a href=http://www.mammothlakespd.org/main.php? ... me>Mammoth Lakes Police Chief Randy Schienle</a> told FOX News, correcting earlier reports that she found the cards and bills. He then turned the items over to local police Wednesday after unsuccessful attempts to contact Fossett's family.

<a href=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,431 ... html>Click here to read the article</a>.
Two more articles from the Fresno Bee:

The first, about the recovery efforts for Steve Fossett's remains and the likelihood of not finding much due to animal scavenging. (Not necessarily good dinner reading...)

The second, about the search in the nearby Minarets, for Walter Starr, Jr., back in 1933. Those of you who know some of the climbing history of the Sierra will recognize the names of several who were involved in the search.
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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 4:12 am

October 14th, 2008, 8:09 pm #9

We will post October accident reports here.
SEDONA, AZ — An officer and medic for the <a href=http://www.azdps.gov>Arizona Department of Public Safety</a> was killed during a mountain rescue in Sedona on Monday afternoon.

A DPS helicopter team was called to Bear Mountain to rescue two stranded hikers about 4 p.m.

One of the hikers had already gotten aboard the helicopter.

DPS Officer Bruce Harrolle, 36, of <a href=http://www.mesaaz.gov/Home>Mesa</a> was escorting the second patient into the chopper when he was struck by one of the helicopter's rotor blades and fatally injured.

Both hikers were flown to safety.

Investigators from the department and the <a href=http://www.co.yavapai.az.us/sheriff.aspx>Yavapai County Sheriff's Office</a> have begun conducting an investigation into Harrolle's death.

Harrolle is a nine-year veteran with DPS and he leaves behind a wife and two young children. He was based out of <a href=http://www.flagstaff.az.gov>Flagstaff</a>.

All officers assigned to DPS helicopter teams are medics also.

<a href=http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/ ... html>Click here to read the article</a>.
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Joined: August 2nd, 2001, 8:13 pm

October 15th, 2008, 6:58 pm #10

This one from an aviation source, quoting the FAA report.

What surprised me was the annotation near the bottom of the report that it was a "pleasure" flight. Rescue is "pleasure?" Ah, the government in action...
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