Posted 10/5/11 – During the past month Sierra Madre Search and Rescue (SMSR) responded to 13 calls for assistance.
Lost Hikers, Chantry Flat: Two hikers called authorities at nightfall and reported they were lost. Based on the subjects’ description of their surroundings, SMSR team members were able to determine high-probability search areas. Search crews were dispatched on foot and found the subjects in one of these areas. The hikers were assessed and assisted back to their car at the Chantry Flat parking lot.
Injured Swimmer, Chantry Flat: The Team received a report of an injured juvenile at a waterfall in the Chantry Flat area. SMSR team members, along with L.A. County Fire Department personnel, stabilized the patient and evacuated them to the Chantry Flat parking lot via litter wheel-out. The patient was then transferred to an ambulance and taken to the hospital.
Missing Hiker, Yosemite National Park: SMSR was requested to help with a search for a missing hiker in Yosemite National Park. Team members spent two days assisting in the search operation before the subject was found deceased.
For 60 years, Sierra Madre Search and Rescue has answered calls for help in the local mountains and beyond. Funded entirely by private donations and staffed by volunteers, the Team has long been a fixture in the community.
To commemorate its 60th anniversary and say “thank you” to the community that has supported it for so long, the Team will host an open house at the rescue station on Sunday, October 16th. Team members will demonstrate rescue techniques, educate visitors with outdoor safety tips for all ages, and give a special Hug-A-Tree presentation for kids. Hot dogs and cold drinks will be available. This is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in an inside look at how SMSR continues to live up to its motto: “Anywhere in the wilderness that someone needs help…”