July 31, 2013

Largay Search Day 5

FSAR members have been amazing in the search for Gerry "Inchworm" Largay over the past 5 days. Logging hundreds of trail and bushwhack miles in the middle of "our" section of the A.T.

Although the search has eliminated a large amount of terrain that Inchworm is NOT located in, it has yet to yield any significant clues about where she might be.

FSAR team members should watch their email and phone text for word on the next search date.
FSAR searchers including a few local volunteers on the trail in Friday.

 Sunday's team including a few local volunteers on the trail in Sunday.

Media Stories about the search including some FSAR references:

 http://www.sunjournal.com/largay

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/07/30/news/state/officials-mystified-as-search-for-missing-appalachian-trail-hiker-enters-day-6/




July 27, 2013

Search for Missing A.T. hiker near Sugarloaf

FSAR has been requested to respond to assist in the search for a missing hiker in the A.T. near Sugarloaf Mtn.  See your email for details or contact Mit


Geraldine Largay, missing since Tuesday morning.
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More info:

http://www.sunjournal.com/news/franklin/2013/07/26/wardens-continue-search-missing-hiker-along/1398889

http://www.pressherald.com/news/Search-for-missing-Tenessee-hiker-back-underway-.html


July 22, 2013

Burnt Mtn. Rescue- Monday July 22

6:20 p.m. Monday July 22   FSAR was asked to respond to assist in the rescue of a woman in her 50's on the Burnt Mtn. hiking trail in Carrabassett Valley. We were initially told that the patient was 1/2 way up the trail with an injured knee. After a full call-out of FSAR and some cell communication by I.C, we were told that the patient was slowly making her way down the trail.

An ATV from Sugfarloaf made it's way up the Bracket Basin road that intersects the Burnt Mtn. hiking trail. Contact by the ATV driver was eventually made with the injured hiker. At this time FSAR was told to 'stand down'. The patient was transported to the trail head by the Sugarloaf ATV where she met with Northstar Ambulance employees. She refused transport to the hospital.

Burnt Mountain is the orange area on this Sugarloaf map. 

Responding FSAR members:

Sprague
Forrest
Steve R.
Becky
Al
Pat
Mit
Paul

Drop me a line if i missed you from this list!

-Mit

July 2, 2013

MFS Short Haul Program Begins on Katahdin

Photo: MFS short haul demo at MASAR Conference in Hope Maine in May 2013

In the Maine wilderness search & rescue world there has been great excitement about the new Maine Forest Service 'short haul' program. This program allows the extraction of an injured hiker from wilderness areas and trails that would be impossible to conduct a normal helicopter landing. The use of a 100-200 foot long high strength rope suspended below the helicopter with a harnessed Maine Forest Service Warden attached to the rope end. The operation allows the injured person to be 'plucked' from the forest and 'short hauled' to a nearby road and EMS help. A big thanks to all who have been involved in bringing this wonderful new service to Maine!

Portland Press Herald Story:
http://www.pressherald.com/news/Texas-man-needs-to-be-airlifted-off-Katahdin.html?fb_action_ids=10200240691639723&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7B%2210200240691639723%22%3A184829041684516%7D&action_type_map=%7B%2210200240691639723%22%3A%22og.recommends%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D