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Parties became lost/stranded following GPS mapped Directions

Mar
10

On March 7, 2016, around 11:20 PM, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office was notified that a family of 4, a male and female adult along with their 4 and 1½ year old children, were lost and stranded near Alamo Lake. The family’s sedan was stuck in a ditch and they were concerned that an overnight stay would place the family in danger. Neighboring La Paz County officials, who were originally notified of the situation, assisted by requesting a DPS Ranger Helicopter to search for the family.

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Search and Rescue Call leads to 4 Separate Rescues by Volunteers

Feb
08

On February 4, 2016, around 4:30 pm, an Oregon man called to report that a California man was stuck in deep snow on Senator Highway (Forest Road 52) north of Palace Station – approximately 17 miles south of Prescott. The California man was in a Cadillac Escalade and had 7 dogs with him but no working cell phone. Sometime later, the caller told YCSO dispatchers that he and his girlfriend were now stuck in the snow. Using the caller’s cell phone location from the 911 call, a deputy started down Senator Highway with the limited information and intermittent cell phone contact.

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Rescue 1 provides a Critical Lifeline to a Stranded Family

Jan
19

On January 14, 2016, at approximately 6PM, a Dewey woman called for help after she and three family members became stuck in deep snow south east of Walker in the Prescott National Forest. They had been camping and hunting in the area prior to the last storm and were now out of food. Their truck became stuck while attempting to leave and access to a detached camping trailer in the area was not possible.

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Verde Valley Man Located

Dec
20

On December 10, 2015, at about 9:30 PM, the Sheriff’s Office was called to help find a 19-year-old Manuel Ortega after he got lost in the dark somewhere between the communities of Cottonwood and Sedona. Ortega was scheduled to get picked up at his home, located on Bill Gray Road inside the Coconino National Forest, by a family member to go to work. When the family member called to say they were running late, Ortega stated he would start walking toward Hwy 89A and wait for the ride.

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Friday the 13th Rescue – Our busy volunteers to the Rescue again

Nov
18

A scary evening ended happily for two women, lost in the Granite Mountain Basin, who were rescued Friday evening. The 74 and 50 year-old women, both from Prescott Valley, started their hike Friday morning and were reported overdue by family members Friday night. Their hiking destination was known as only Mingus Mountain or Granite Mountain.

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Search team locates missing elderly Cottonwood man (with video)

Nov
15

Eugene Albert Campbell was located at about 1:50 p.m. in a wash about a quarter-mile mile from his home in very rugged terrain by a Yavapai County Search and Rescue K-9 Team. Mr. Campbell was found to be alert and responsive. He was transported to Verde Valley Medical Center for further evaluation.

The 80-year-old Cottonwood man was last seen at 7 p.m. Friday at 2050 W. State Route 89A in Cottonwood.

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Read about SAR in Iceland

Nov
02

A great article about our comrades-in-arms in Iceland:
New Yorker "Life is Rescues"

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YSCO Rescue Volunteers continue to Risk their lives to Save Others

Sep
15

YCSO cannot thank enough the search and rescue volunteers who continually provide live saving solutions to anyone who has needed help in the many wilderness rescues over the last few weeks. It is hoped the ongoing publicity regarding incidents like these will cause those intending on venturing into the wilderness to PLAN, PREPARE, and avoid exceeding your abilities/experience. Below are just 2 examples from many recent rescues.

BELL ROCK RESCUE -

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Jerold Joseph Williams Found Deceased

Aug
11

Jacob Lake, Arizona –The body of missing 5 year old Jerold Joseph Williams was found on August 10, 2015 around 4:30 pm by a group of volunteer searchers from Colorado City. The group was driving along Forest Service Road 240 when some boys who were in the back of the pickup saw the body of Jerold on the ground around 15-20 feet off the road. Jerold’s body was found approximately 3.7 miles point-to-point from the place Jerold was last seen. However, by road it was approximately 8.6 miles from the place he was last seen.

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Missing girl found safe: Emergency personnel, volunteers comb national forest for 17 hours

Jun
06

Scott Orr

The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT- A 14-year-old girl who was reported missing at Lynx Lake Thursday evening, June 4, spent the night in the surrounding national forest before she was found unharmed Friday at about 1 p.m.

Kadence Swift was camping with her adoptive family, who had come to the Prescott area from Phoenix on Tuesday. She was last seen Thursday playing on some rocks along the south shore of the lake. When her mother could not find her after two hours of looking, she called the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

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