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 2020 missions.

WY11-01-20, Broken Heart Evacuation:  At 11:45 a.m. on February 8, 2020, the Park County Sheriff’s Office was advised of a 42-year-old ice climber that had fallen some 30 feet from the third pitch of the Broken Heart ice flow located off the South Fork of the Shoshone River on the Broken Heart drainage some 40 miles southwest of Cody.  The victim who was climbing with a party of 10 climbers was located two pitches up the flow and was complaining of rib and pelvic pain.  Park County Search and Rescue as well as 2 members of the Cody Regional Wilderness Medical Team immediately responded to the scene.  Five members of the Big Horn County Search and Rescue also responded to assist.  During the rescue, SAR personnel were also assisted by several recreational ice climbers who were in the area.  The patient had to be packaged and lowered by rope over two ice flow pitches before then being stretchered to a waiting ambulance.  At 8:00 p.m., the crews were finally able to get the victim off of the mountain and to the ambulance.

WY11-02-20, Beartooth Lake Rescue:  At 11:45 a.m. on February 12, 2020, the Park County Sheriff’s Office was advised of a 69-year-old male who was involved in a snowmobile accident in the Beartooth Mountains just west of Beartooth Lake.  The victim was snowmobiling with a group of 8 people when he reportedly struck a rock with his snowmobile resulting in a reported compound fracture of his left arm above the elbow.  Search and Rescue (SAR) was mobilized as was the Wilderness Medical Team (WMT) from Cody Regional Hospital.  Also activated were two members of the SAR volunteer Snow Team.  The Snow Team are a group of local snowmobilers from the Cody Snowmobile Association who have stepped up to add their snowmobiling expertise to SAR in case they are needed.  In most cases, they are closer to the emergency as they often snowmobile in the Beartooth Mountains.  At 2:15 p.m., members of the Snow Team reached the victim.  They then transported him to SAR and WMT who met them half way out at 3:35 p.m.  He was then transported to the intersection of Highways 296 and 212 to a waiting ambulance.  From there he was taken to Cody Regional Hospital at 4:12 p.m.