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Feb 19, 2011, 7:37 AM
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Re: [Rudmin] Rappelling error [In reply to]
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Rudmin wrote:
From someone with no SAR experience it seems kind of like a botched rescue. Two helicopters sent and each decides they can't rescue him and then nobody comes back until the next morning. It doesn't sound like he was in the deep wilderness if there were other hikers around and cell phone service. Is this typical SAR procedure?

Generally,when a call goes thru 911 system, it needs to be filtered and narrowed down to proper emergency departments and depends on who the watch officer is or how much he knows SAR, this could delay SAR to critical point.

Most watch officers in the urban settings are not aware of how SAR operates unless they are either fully involved with SAR or have worked with SAR so by the time they figure out what is going on, it may takes hours, even days. On this incident, a helicopter was send but because it did not have winch, they could not lower anyone. not just that, if they were able to to drop a couple of hardcore SAR personal, may be they were able to rap down to climber to assess his situation but they delayed till next day. Have a climber, under a cold running water for 12 hours hanging in his harness, well, if he does not die of HHS, he would had died of severe hypothermia.

(This post was edited by majid_sabet on Feb 19, 2011, 7:38 AM)

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