Search & Rescue: Missions

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MISSIONS

The purpose of Park County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit (PCSAR) is to organize for, plan for, train for, maintain equipment for, and respond to incidents requiring search and rescue assistance as requested, directed, and authorized by the Sheriff of Park County, Wyoming.  The following is a brief synopsis of our missions so far in 2019.

WY11-01-19, Rumsey Avenue Search:  At 01:25 a.m., on February 3, 2019, Cody Dispatch was advised of an 81 year old Asian female Alzheimer’s patient that had walked away from a Rumsey Avenue address in Cody. Subject was wearing blue pants, black jacket and black shoes.  SAR was mobilized to begin searching for the female.  While responding, a SAR member saw what she thought was the female standing in the common area of Crystal Cove Apartments.  Information was relayed to a Cody Police officer who responded to the area and verified that this was indeed the missing female.  Further SAR response and/or deployment was canceled.

WY11-02-19, Beartooth Lake Rescue: On Friday, March 8, 2019, at 5:27 p.m., the Park County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center received a report of an SOS activation of a SPOT satellite tracking device just east of Beartooth Lake near milepost 19 on Highway 212. Search and Rescue was immediately activated. Information was received from the three subjects with the device that they were stuck in a deep drainage and that they had no idea how to get it out or how to get back to the highway.  They reported no injuries. Two ground teams from SAR were deployed with snowmobiles and a tracked rescue vehicle as well as a team from the volunteer Snow Team.  The Snow Team is a group of local snowmobilers that have lent their experience and expertise in response to emergencies in the Beartooth Mountains.  They are closer to the Beartooths than normal SAR resources.  At 7:50 p.m., two members of the Snow Team located the three subjects, freed two of their snow machines and escorted them back to their vehicles parked at the Pilot Peak parking area.  The remaining stuck snowmobile was left at the scene until morning when Snow Team members returned and aided them in freeing the machine.  All other SAR resources were cancelled.

WY11-03-19, Buffalo Bill Dam Recovery: On Sunday, May 5, 2019 Park County SAR was called out at 4:30 p.m. for a 13-year-old boy that had jumped off the back side of the Buffalo Bill Dam and fell 350 feet into the Shoshone River. Five SAR teams were deployed to the area to attempt to locate and recover the body. A water team, a lookout team, a drone team, a support team and a K-9 team were deployed to the dam area and assisted by a Bureau of Reclamation supervisor for access to all the dam facilities. At 6:56 p.m. the water team recovered the body in 8 feet of water and turned it over to the Park County Coroner. All SAR resources were demobilized at 9:00 p.m.

WY11-04-19, Rimrock Ranch Rescue:

On Tuesday, June 11, 2019, a 64-year-old Kentucky woman was safely evacuated from the Rimrock Dude Ranch, 2728 Northfork Highway after she suffered an apparent seizure during a horseback outing.  The victim was on a trail ride approximately ¾ of a mile south of the ranch when she suffered the seizure.  She was not on the horse at the time as the group had stopped for lunch.  The initial call came into the Park County Sheriff’s 911 Communications Center at 10:02 a.m. Search and Rescue (SAR) was immediately mobilized and deployed a ground team to the area. They were accompanied by the Wilderness Medical Team from Cody Regional Hospital.  At 11:17 a.m., rescue personnel were able to reach the victim. The Wilderness Medical Team treated and stabilized her while SAR personnel packaged and transported her to a waiting ambulance via a wheeled stretcher. She was then taken to Cody Regional Hospital.

WY11-05-19, Pahaska Recovery:

At 09:00 a.m. on July 3, 2017, Park County Sheriff’s Dispatch was informed of a missing 56 year old female employee from the Pahaska Teepee. She was last seen on July 2, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. and did not report for work that morning at 7:00 a.m.  Employees began a search of the resort.  A sheriff’s deputy was also dispatched to the area.  Her backpack and walking stick was found by employees on shore under the bridge over the Shoshone River east of the resort.   Search and Rescue was activated at 11:15 a.m.  At 11:30 a.m. the victim was discovered by employees in the river across from the Pahaska Trailhead 1/2 mile downstream from the resort apparently deceased.  SAR members were deployed into the river with their swift water pontoon boat.  At 1:30 p.m., the SAR teams were able to reach the victim and evacuate her body to the county coroner.

WY11-06-19, Del Rio Rescue:

At 17:43 p.m. on July 6, 2019, the Park County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a report of overturned kayaks and inner tubes on the Shoshone River below 1137 Del Rio Road south of Powell. Initial reports were that 6 total people went into the river and 1 or 2 were still missing.  Search and Rescue was activated and deployed a swift water team.  AIR-1 was also activated.  At 18:15 p.m., a patrol deputy on scene advised that all 6 victims were located and accounted for.  SAR response was canceled.

WY11-07-19, McCullough Peaks Rescue:

On Monday, July 8, 2019, a Florida family was safely evacuated from the Whistle Creek area after they became stuck in a creek drainage in their rented 2019 Polaris side-by-side. Jason Vickers, his wife Miranda, and their two children all from Bunnell, Florida, were touring the area when they attempted to traverse a creek drainage and became stuck in deep mud.  The initial call came into the Park County Sheriff’s 911 Communications Center at 6:05 p.m. when they received an activation from an unregistered PLB (Personal Location Beacon) indicating coordinates in the McCullough Peaks area near Whistle Creek. The location was very close to the Big Horn County line. A Park County deputy as well as a deputy from Big Horn County responded. Search and Rescue (SAR) was also mobilized and deployed a ground team with off-road vehicles to the area. The Park County Search and Rescue aircraft was also deployed to search the area.  At 7:15 p.m., the aircraft located the Vickers family and guided rescuers to them. At 8:12 p.m., SAR reached the family and began preparations to for evacuation. They were cold and tired but otherwise unhurt. At 8:40 p.m. the family was safely brought to the trailhead where they were met by representatives of the ATV rental company who then took them back to Cody. The company also made preparations to remove the side-by-side.