Search and Rescue

Search-And-Rescue Missions Cost National Park Service Nearly $4 Million In 2013

While the number of search-and-rescue missions conducted in the National Park System in 2013 dropped slightly from the previous year, the number of individuals never found jumped fourfold, to 56, according to the National Park Service's annual Search and Rescue Report.

Beating the Odds - Life Saved During Severe Winter Storm at Yosemite National Park

A mid-March storm that buried Yosemite National Park and the surrounding area under heavy snow brought beauty and welcome moisture for the approaching summer, but it also created plenty of headaches for stranded travelers and residents alike. For one visitor marooned in the mountains this imperfect storm became a matter of life and death.

Body of Missing Climber Found in North Cascades National Park

The body of a Seattle attorney who planned to climb Storm King Mountain in North Cascades National Park by himself has been found on a steep slope of the mountain, according to park officials.

Search Goes On For Missing Plane Over Katmai National Park

Favorable weather again greeted searchers Thursday as they headed off into the skies over Katmai National Park and Preserve, anxious to find any sign of a plane that went missing nearly two weeks ago.

Cost of Search for Missing Plane Over Katmai National Park and Preserve Approaching $1 Million

A mixed bag of weather Tuesday limited the unrelenting search in Katmai National Park and Preserve for a missing plane and its four occupants, according to National Park Service personnel.

Search and Rescue Ops Cost the National Park Service $4.8 Million in 2008

There were almost 3,500 search-and-rescue missions conducted across the National Park System during 2008 at a cost of $4.8 million, according to best available National Park Service statistics. One-hundred-32 of those missions involved a fatality, and 16 ended without the subject being found.

Another Daring Rescue at Yosemite National Park Uses a Bean Bag/Short Haul

A recent big wall rescue at Yosemite National Park had some added challenges for everyone involved, including a language barrier, unusual heat and challenging terrain. Extraordinary skill and teamwork, plus use of a bean bag/short haul technique, carried the day.

Searchers Find Two Missing Grand Canyon Hikers

On Tuesday, searchers at Grand Canyon National Park located two overdue hikers. The two Kansas men, who were found in good condition, had been reported missing after failing to return March 20.

Lost in the Boonies? What's Your Most Important Task?

Search dog and handler.
People who find themselves lost in the boonies, whether it's forest, field, desert or other terrain, frequently make the same mistake. If you find yourself unsure which route leads back to civilization, a recent incident at the Buffalo National River offers a clue about your most important task.

Lost Hikers in Big South Fork Ignored Searcher Instructions, Hampered Search Efforts

What part of “stay put” is so hard to understand?

Updated: Searchers Spot Missing Backpackers On Ledge In Kings Canyon National Park

Searchers looking for three missing backpackers in Kings Canyon National Park spotted a trio of men matching the missing hikers' description perched on a ledge above Roaring River Falls around noon Thursday. Due to their location, rangers were working on a technical rescue to get the three off the ledge.

Search Under Way For Missing Backpackers in Kings Canyon National Park

A search is under way in the high country of Kings Canyon National Park for three young men who failed to return Monday from a planned 65-mile trek.

From Traveler's “We Can’t Make This Stuff Up” Department: CALO Boaters and PFD Priorities

Sometimes you just have to ask, “what were they thinking?!”

SPOT – The Good, the Bad and the Silly Uses for Those High-Tech Communicators

SPOT units are compact communication devices that can be used to summon help in event of an emergency in remote areas. SPOT can be a life-saving tool, but false alarms by inept users can also be a problem. Recent incidents in two parks illustrate the potential and the pitfalls of modern technology.

Updated: Search Continues for Missing Hiker at Grand Canyon National Park

Missing man photo.
Additional resources have been added in the search for a 43-year-old North Carolina man thought to be missing at Grand Canyon National Park. Park officials are seeking the assistance of anyone who has visited the park within the last week and might have information on his whereabouts.

Rescue from Death Canyon at Grand Teton National Park

The Death Valley Patrol Cabin at Grand Teton
A climber who was injured earlier this week in Grand Teton National Park can be thankful the location of his mishap wasn't predictive of the outcome. He was rescued from Death Canyon, and the irony doesn't end there. The man fell while ascending a route named Caveat Emptor.

Do People Who Get Lost Really Walk in Circles? New Research Offers an Answer

Person walking in woods
Every year brings another round of news stories about people who become lost in parks. How quickly they are found often depends upon how much wandering they do trying to get "found." Do such people really walk in circles? New research offers a possible answer.

A Life-Saving Mission Two Miles High in Rocky Mountain National Park

Patient being carried to helicopter
Some high-tech equipment and old-fashioned stamina were both put to good use when a 73-year-old visitor suffered a heart attack in the backcountry at Rocky Mountain National Park. How the park bookstores played a role in the outcome might surprise you.

Injured Hiker Rescued after Night on Mountain at Rocky Mountain National Park

A hiker at Rocky Mountain National Park suffered a broken leg in a fall in the park's backcountry. He and rangers spent the night on a rocky slope above 12,000 feet before he was flown to a Denver hospital on Sunday afternoon.

Flash Flood Leads to Rescue of 200+ Campers at Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Vehicle caught by flood.
The Alley Spring Campground at Ozark National Scenic Riverways became the scene of a mass rescue when a flash flood swamped the site, and over 200 campers suddenly found themselves in the water and in the dark at 4 a.m.

Blown Over and Blown Away at Katmai National Park and Preserve

Katmai National Park and Preserve is a classic example of an Alaskan park—beautiful, remote and limited development. When high winds caused several accidents and stranded tourists, the staff came to the rescue in more ways than one.

Zion National Park's "Recycled" SAR Vehicle Saved Money and Can Help Save Lives

New SAR vehicle at Zion NP.
It's already seen service as an ambulance in three other locations around the West. Now this mechanical workhorse has been "recycled" once again, and it will provide a much-needed primary response vehicle for search and rescue missions in Zion National Park.

Overdue Hiker Turns Up in Rocky Mountain National Park

Boyd Severson.
A hiker who failed to return from a climb of Mummy Mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park turned up almost 24 hours later than planned.

Search for Hiker in Wrangell-St. Elias Suspended

Officials in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve have greatly scaled back the search for a 68-year-old Wisconsin man, saying there's little hope of finding him alive.

Successful Search in Rocky Mountain National Park

For the second time in less than two weeks another search in Rocky Mountain National Park for a missing hiker has turned out successful. The search for 61-year-old Brandt Everhart, who failed to return from a hike last night, wrapped up this afternoon when he was spotted with two other hikers.
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