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Re: Mt. Whitney Search & Rescue in Progress

Postby Hyadventure » Thu Oct 21, 2010 8:46 pm

Great news!!
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Re: Mt. Whitney Search & Rescue in Progress

Postby SteveC5088 » Thu Oct 21, 2010 8:49 pm

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Re: Mt. Whitney Search & Rescue in Progress

Postby Imwolf » Thu Oct 21, 2010 9:19 pm

Thank God they stayed put in the Hut...Angels were on their side...YAHOO !!!
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Re: Mt. Whitney Search & Rescue in Progress

Postby outofstep80 » Thu Oct 21, 2010 9:27 pm

Nice to see a happy ending for once.
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Re: Mt. Whitney Search & Rescue in Progress

Postby The Chief » Thu Oct 21, 2010 9:31 pm

outofstep80 wrote:Nice to see a happy ending for once.


+1!




Gonna be interesting to hear the final report from Inyo Sar on this one.
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Re: Mt. Whitney Search & Rescue in Progress

Postby avalanch » Thu Oct 21, 2010 9:53 pm

Chief, is there a website you can go to and read up on SAR reports and their findings? Does such a thing exist? Thanks...:)
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Re: Mt. Whitney Search & Rescue in Progress

Postby The Chief » Thu Oct 21, 2010 9:58 pm

Here for Inyo SAR (but it is currently under reconstruction...)

http://www.inyosar.org/



Here for Mono SAR:

http://www.monosar.org/

Then select the Operations tab.
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Re: Mt. Whitney Search & Rescue in Progress

Postby SEKIPublicAffairs » Fri Oct 22, 2010 4:17 am

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks News Release

For Immediate Release: October 21, 2010
Contact: Dana M. Dierkes
Phone Number: (559) 565-3131

Three Hikers Rescued and Two Additional Hikers
Missing in/Around Mount Whitney Area

Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are still conducting a multi-faceted search and rescue operation in/around the Mount Whitney area. Three people have been rescued from Mount Whitney. However, the search and rescue operation has been expanded to include two additional missing men.

Three men (Phillip Michael Abraham, age 34; Stevan James Filips, age 43; and Dale Clymens, age 45), all from the Omaha, Nebraska area, were rescued from Mount Whitney at approximately 12 noon on Thursday, October 21. The group had originally planned a day hike to Mount Whitney on Monday, October 18, but had been trapped in the Mount Whitney Hut in a snowstorm since then. Three National Park Service (NPS) search and rescue personnel hiked in to the site. Both the NPS staff and a California National Guard helicopter reached the men at approximately the same time. All three men were able to walk and move around during a quick general health assessment by park personnel. Various parties assisted with this search and rescue operation, including California National Guard and Yosemite Search and Rescue.

Two additional hikers, a father and son who were not part of the previously missing group, had planned a three-day, 36-mile cross-country loop in/around the Mount Whitney area starting and ending at the Whitney Portal. The group planned to return on Tuesday, October 19. The missing men include Sinh Baghsohi, who is 27 years old, is approximately 6’5” tall and weighs 287 lbs, as well as his father, Baghsohi, Sr., first name unknown, who is approximately 6’ tall and weighs approximately 180 lbs. Both men are originally from Iran, but their current city/state is unknown. No photos of the men are available yet. The two men had hiked in with a friend. The friend became ill and hiked out alone. If you have seen or come in contact with either of the two missing individuals, please call the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Incident Command Post at 559-565-3117.

Approximately 45 people have been assigned to the two search and rescue incidents. Search operations are still being hampered by snow with accumulations between 1-3 feet.


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Re: Mt. Whitney Search & Rescue in Progress

Postby Marmaduke » Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:16 am

Vitaliy M wrote:
The Chief wrote:Gonna be interesting to hear the final report from Inyo Sar on this one.


What do you find INTERESTING about people almost freezing to death???


I would bet that The Chief Is intersted in, "the why". They were with a group that dissolved. I would think
that when mistakes are made or poor judgements are instituted we can learn from them. As well as the
climbers that were rescued can learn.
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Re: Mt. Whitney Search & Rescue in Progress

Postby Marmaduke » Fri Oct 22, 2010 8:12 am

1000Pks wrote:Easy to speculate. They were from Nebraska, a long way to come. Failed to note or disregarded weather forecasts or signs. You do this to make it to the top. Inexperience. Peer pressure, do or die. Government paid rescue, instant heroes celebs, no fees for rescue services, book deals, TV shows, survival stories, even millions in the bank! Or maybe just regular dumb asses who just didn't know you can get into trouble on an easy peak like Whitney, by me at times. Or whatever!


Off Subject- hiked with Doug Mantle last weekend. You two climbed a bit years ago. Nice guy
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