Search & Rescue: Missions

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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.