Second Quarter 2004 Backcountry Rescues/Accidents


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April 1st, 2004, 10:13 pm #2

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April 4th, 2004, 10:46 pm #3

Oregon National Guard helicopters picked up two injured climbers from Reid Glacier on the west slope of Mount Hood Saturday and took them to Portland hospitals.
Douglas Adair, 50, of Aurora, was taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland with a broken leg and head injuries, said Angie Brandenburg, spokeswoman for the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. His injuries are not life-threatening, she said.

Debra Marsh, 48, of Salem, was taken to Oregon Health and Sciences University with an ankle injury.

Clackamas County deputies said the two were evacuated at 3:33 p.m., about three hours after the call for help came in.

Brandenburg said the two were roped together in the Castle Krags area when Marsh stepped in soft snow. Adair tried to stop her fall but was pulled down the steep mountainside after her.

The two had started out at Timberline Lodge.

The National Guard dispatched four Blackhawk helicopters from Salem. They were not able to reach the climbers on the first try but two medics were lowered onto the glacier, said National Guard spokesman Maj. Arnold Strong.

Temporary whiteout conditions delayed the effort.

Brandenburg said another climbing party saw the injured and flagged down Portland Mountain Rescue, which was training in the area.

She said the injured apparently were the only two in the party.

One of the four helicopters had night vision capacity in case it became necessary to work past dark.

"From the radio traffic, it appears it was a major fall," Strong said. "The helicopters got as close as they could, but they couldn't get to them right away."

http://www.katu.com/news/story.asp?ID=66009
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April 7th, 2004, 8:16 pm #4

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Two men and their dogs have been involved in a dramatic air rescue after spending the night on a snow covered mountain in the Highlands.

They became trapped in the freezing conditions by the threat of avalanche while climbing in Wester Ross yesterday.

They managed to phone mountain rescuers who winched the climbers and their four legged friends to safety.
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April 7th, 2004, 8:17 pm #5

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One man died and another man was injured after falling in into the Tanque Verde Falls yesterday.

Authorities said a woman hiking with her 32-year-old boyfriend and a 23-year-old friend slipped and went over the falls. When the two men went in to help her, the 23-year-old was swept over the lower falls as well and trapped in a turbulent pool of water, where he died

Rural/Metro Fire Department District Fire Chief George Good the woman was not injured in the fall.

Shortly before that incident, a 49-year-old Kansas man on his first hiking trip ever went over the falls after losing his footing.

The two injured men had to be flown by helicopter from the popular recreation area between Tucson's Catalina and Rincon mountain ranges.
http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/ ... 07-ON.html

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April 7th, 2004, 8:43 pm #6

TUCSON - The death of a 31-year-old Tucson man at <a href=http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/story_imag ... e-2>Tanque Verde Falls</a> yesterday and the helicopter rescues of two others underscores the deadly power of the snowmelt-swollen cataracts.

More than 30 people have died there since 1970.

The body of Russell C. Faulkner IV, who died trying to rescue a friend who was swept over a waterfall, remained in Tanque Verde Creek this morning because last night's rescue operation was called off for safety reasons.

Rescue workers were expected to remove his body today.

<a href=http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/index.php? ... 2be3>Click here to read the article</a>.
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<FONT SIZE=1>Rescuers use a harness and backboard to
secure a 32-year-old man injured as he tried to
save a friend who was clinging to a rock after
being swept over a waterfall at Tanque Verde Falls.
FRANCISCO MEDINA/<a href=http://www.tucsoncitizen.com>Tucson Citizen</a></FONT>
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April 8th, 2004, 7:56 pm #7

One man died and another man was injured after falling in into the Tanque Verde Falls yesterday.

Authorities said a woman hiking with her 32-year-old boyfriend and a 23-year-old friend slipped and went over the falls. When the two men went in to help her, the 23-year-old was swept over the lower falls as well and trapped in a turbulent pool of water, where he died

Rural/Metro Fire Department District Fire Chief George Good the woman was not injured in the fall.

Shortly before that incident, a 49-year-old Kansas man on his first hiking trip ever went over the falls after losing his footing.

The two injured men had to be flown by helicopter from the popular recreation area between Tucson's Catalina and Rincon mountain ranges.
http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/ ... 07-ON.html
TUCSON - Russell "Rusty" Clarke Faulkner IV, the 31-year-old hiker who died Tuesday at Tanque Verde Falls helping to save a companion, became a hero at one of his favorite recreation areas, his father said.

"He grew up in that canyon," said Russell Clarke Faulkner III.

As a student at <a href=http://edweb.tusd.k12.az.us/Sahuaro/index2.htm>Sahuaro High School</a>, and a pupil at <a href=http://edweb.tusd.k12.az.us/steele/clas ... 03/>Steele Elementary</a> and <a href=http://www.mageemiddleschool.com/>Magee Middle</a> schools, he visited the picturesque retreat east of Tucson in the Coronado National Forest, with family and friends.

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April 9th, 2004, 3:07 am #8

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A Birmingham man was rescued from the top of one of Scotland's highest mountains after being trapped for a night in freezing conditions.
Chris Elliot, aged 54, and another man, Glenn Walters, were winched to safety by an RAF rescue team.
It happened after Mr Elliot and Mr Walters had been climbing the south side of the 3456ft Liathach, the highest summit in the Torridan range, in Western Ross.
Mountain rescuers said the pair became trapped between two fast flowing rivers in a treacherous area known as the Pinnacles.
They used their mobile phones to call the emergency services and the Torridon and Kinlochwe Rescue Team then set off to locate the pair.
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April 9th, 2004, 3:09 am #9

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Two climbers stranded on a Summit County mountain for more than 24 hours are back on solid ground.

Rescuers reached the pair about 12:15 a.m. Thursday. The two were wet and cold, but did not appear to be injured. They were taken to a hospital to be checked out.

The hikers reportedly left Copper Mountain Tuesday, then became trapped on a steep incline -- 1,800 feet above Interstate 70 between Copper Mountain and Dillon.

Rescue officials said the pair had climbed down a rocky, drainage area that had iced over and couldn't get out.

Snow started falling late Wednesday, and the two weren't dressed for cold weather.

Rescuers had to hike through soft, chest-deep snow and up steep terrain before they could perform the technical, high-angle rescue.

http://news4colorado.com/topstories/loc ... 21511.html
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April 9th, 2004, 3:12 am #10

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PLAINVILLE --An unidentified man was airlifted to Hartford Hospital Wednesday evening after falling 15 to 20 feet while rock climbing the face of Pinnacle Mountain, according to Fire Chief David Laurie.
A fire department rescue crew carried the man down the cliff on a stretcher to Metacomet Road, where he was driven by an ambulance to meet a Life Star helicopter.

The man had been climbing with a group of about 18 people when he fell, Laurie said. The department received the call for assistance around 6 p.m.

The man’s identity and condition were not available at press time
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?news ... 0112&rfi=6
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