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Mono County Search and Rescue

Successful Mono County Mission on Mt. Morrison

Provided by the Mono County Sheriffs Department:

Search and Rescue Operation on Mount Morrison

On Friday, November 20, 2015, two hikers from Ventura, California, called 911 for help.  The two friends had attempted to summit Mt. Morrison just south of Mammoth Lakes, California, but reached a spot on a steep slope near the summit from where they were unable to continue either up or down.  The Mono County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team responded to the trailhead at Convict Lake and sent teams into the hikers’ location.  The Search and Rescue Teams were able to assist them down from their location and escorted them back to their campsite.

Many thanks to our Search and Rescue members, who volunteer their time and expertise to safely extricate those who are in need of assistance in the back country.

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Unlucky Day at Shamrock Lake

Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team aids an ill hiker at Shamrock Lake

Written and reported by: Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Office

On Monday, August 3, 2015, at approximately 10:20am, the Mono County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a call regarding an ill hiker at Shamrock Lake.

A female hiker, age 52, of Ventura, California, and her family came to the Eastern Sierra for vacation. The family hiked to Shamrock Lake for an overnight camping trip when the female hiker began experiencing severe altitude sickness symptoms. The altitude sickness prevented her from hiking out of the Shamrock Lake area. Family members hiked out and called 911 along Hwy 120W when they obtained cell phone service.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Team was dispatched to aid the ill hiker. Seven SAR Team members staged at the Saddlebag Lake Resort. The ground team, along with Mono County Paramedics, was transported across Saddlebag Lake via water taxi. The ground team was then able to continue the hike up to Shamrock Lake where they met the ill hiker at her campsite. The ill hiker was transported via wheeled litter back to the Saddlebag Lake Resort where she was met by Mono County Paramedics for evaluation and then transported to Mammoth Hospital for treatment.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team thanks the staff of the Saddlebag Lake Resort for their assistance in this operation.

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Search And Rescue aids backpacker

Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue helps injured man

Written and reported by: Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer, Mono County Sheriffs Department

On Sunday, May 31, 2015, at approximately 11:15am, the Mono County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a 911 call regarding an injured backpacker near Fern Lake, in Madera County, about 5 miles southwest of Devil’s Postpile.

A couple from Woodside, CA, in the Bay Area, was backpacking from Devil’s Postpile to Fern Lake. While at the creek crossing, at Fern Lake, the husband fell sustaining an injury to his right knee. He was unable to put weight on his knee without a great deal of pain. He called 911 and requested a medical evacuation. The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Team was dispatched to assist the injured backpacker.

SAR Team members staged at Minaret Vista and ground teams hiked to Fern Lake with a litter and equipment to assist the injured backpacker. The ground teams put in 10 miles round trip in difficult terrain, with downed trees blocking the trail, and a night time stream crossing. The SAR Team located the injured backpacker. An EMT patient assessment determined the backpacker would not be able to walk and was evacuated by litter, arriving at Devil’s Postpile around 11:00pm. The backpacker signed a medical waiver to seek his own medical treatment.

Recently, the Mono County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) Team held their annual recruitment. New candidate members were in the field for the first time on this long and difficult evacuation.

cover photo by Nick Holt

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Mono Search and Rescue

Successful Mono County Search and Rescue

On the morning of Wednesday, April 8th, 2015, at approximately 10:00AM, the Mono County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a stranded backpacker near Glass Creek.

A male backpacker, age 43, from Ramona, CA, began a two week backpack trip. The backpacker started his trip at Dead Man Creek and was hiking to Yost Lake. On day four of the trip, while near Glass Creek, the backpacker twisted his ankle and camped at his location to recover. During this time, a storm moved into the Eastern Sierra and the area received 18” to 2 ½ feet of fresh new snow over the dry landscape. The backpacker was unsuccessful in keeping his equipment dry. He became wet and cold with numb feet. On Wednesday, April 8th, he called 911 via his cellphone and requested rescue/extrication.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Team was dispatched to rescue the stranded backpacker. SAR team members staged at June Mountain Ski Area. The ground teams accessed Glass Creek through the ski area and the trailhead at Hartley Springs. The teams were able to locate the stranded backpacker, conduct an EMT patient assessment, and assist in re-warming the backpacker’s extremities. The backpacker was given snow shoes, and with the teams’ assistance, was able to hike back to the trailhead. Once back at the rescue base, the backpacker signed a medical release to seek his own further medical treatment. He was given a ride to his family members in the Mammoth Lakes area.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Team wants to remind all the hikers and backpackers who enjoy our Eastern Sierra trails, to research your route prior to starting on your journey, bring the proper equipment for the terrain and area, and always check the weather report for the time you will be enjoying the backcountry. We want all our hikers and backpackers to have a fun but safe adventure throughout the many Eastern Sierra trails.

 Written and reported by: Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer

Staging at June Mt
Staging at June Mt

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Mono County Search and Rescue

Extensive effort rescues climber in Mono

submitted by the Mono County Sheriffs department

On Saturday, March 21, 2015, the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office, in Hawthorne, NV, received a 911 call regarding a hiker who had broken their leg in a fall near Matterhorn Peak, approximately 15 miles southwest of Bridgeport in the Sawtooth Mountain Range.

The 911 call was transferred to Mono County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch but was terminated due to the hiker’s poor cell phone reception. Attempts to re-establish contact with the hiker was unsuccessful so the exact whereabouts of the hiker were unknown. At approximately 3:40pm, Mono County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Mono Village at Twin Lakes where the hiker’s vehicle was located at the trailhead used for access to the Matterhorn Peak area.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Team, and a California Highway Patrol (CHP) helicopter out of Auburn, CA, was dispatched to aid in the location search and rescue of the injured hiker. Due to high winds, the CHP helicopter had limited capability of searching the peaks and valleys above 12,000 feet, so a larger helicopter was requested. Just prior to dark, a rescue helicopter from Fallon Naval Air Station reached the search area and located the hiker at approximately the 10,000 foot level on a steep slope just below the crest of a ridgeline known as “The Cleaver,” two miles north of Matterhorn Peak. The Navy helicopter tried numerous times to lower a medic to the hiker but was unsuccessful due to high winds, the steep slope angle and darkness.

That evening, Mono SAR personnel began hiking to the injured hiker’s location. A larger helicopter, and assistance from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, was requested for Sunday morning, March 22. While SAR personnel were climbing to the hiker’s location, a California National Guard CH-47-F Chinook helicopter from Stockton, CA, was able to lower a crewman to the hiker’s location and hoist them into the helicopter. The hiker was flown to Bryant Airfield in Bridgeport and transferred to Mono County Paramedics. The medics then transferred the hiker to Careflight for transport to Renown Medical Center in Reno for further treatment of their injuries.

The CH-47-F helicopter was one of ten delivered to the National Guard in December. This rescue was the first one for this model. New equipment on this model was a critical component in the helicopter being able to rescue the hiker in high altitude, windy conditions and a steep slope location. The helicopter pilot was able to use new ‘hover hold’ features to maintain a precise position near the cliff face during the extraction operation.

Other agencies providing valuable assistance in obtaining and coordinating military resources used in this rescue were the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center in Langley, Virginia.

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