SEPT 10: Join us for Atalaya Search & Rescue’s 3rd Annual RESCUEFEST Fundraiser in support of the team’s volunteers. A FREE community event with live local music, commemorative pint glasses, apparel, silent auction and raffle. Come have a pint of Atalaya Altbier, especially crafted by Brewmaster Rod Tweet!
Local bands: Jono Manson, Petty Theft, Swing Soleil, Kodama Trio, Pigment, Chango.
82 yr old man with dementia missing near Glorieta Pass. Subject drove his car into a ditch. When tow services were being provided, he walked away from the scene and disappeared. SAR teams spent several days searching the area full of thick brush surrounded by canyon walls.
We were called to assist in a body recovery off the Taos gorge bridge, but almost immediately told to stand down. Apparently the agency in charge decided to use a commercial outfit.
Ultra marathoner was reported overdue by his team mates. Call went out and we had 2 responders go out - Bill Donahue and Lauren. Subject was found safe on Windsor trail making his way back after unplanned bivvy.
IC departed from normal procedure sending out a one-person team. They did not ascertain the experience level of the subject. Alonzo had experienced radio difficulties. After his final communication, the first aid pack he was carrying burst open, scattering its contents down a hillside. He ran down the batteries of his headlamp and his phone searching and gathering up the contents of the pack. After completing the re-packing, he returned to base.
Bill Donahue received a call from IC Al Webster, who had gotten a "disconnected" message when he called the DO number.
Two missing female hikers, in their 60s, who had left about 0730 in the morning of 7/13 to climb Atalaya and Picacho. They were lost, but were able to call the husband of one of the hikers to report their predicament. Main problem aside from being lost was that they were out of water and thirsty. Approximate coordinates were provided by a "ping" as being east of the saddle behind (east of) Atalaya. Subjects had been told to hold their location and wait for help.
70 year old man missing near Lake Kathryn. A team located him in the area and they spent the night together and walked out the next morning. One ASAR member did containment up and down Pecos Highway.
ASAR called out for missing 49 yr old female in Taos. Her car was parked at the Taos Gorge bridge with keys in the car. Possible suicide. ASAR called out for both ground-pounding and possible technical evacuation if body found. Teams spent a couple hours eliminating via a line search an area southwest of the Gorge Bridge. One team searched an area just under the bridge. Unfortunately the mission was suspended mid-day due to bad weather; but none the less, our assistance was greatly appreciated.
50 yr old female skier lost after skinning up Raven’s Ridge and taking turns down the drainage and Rio Nambe trail. Three SFSAR folks (Team 1), Greg, Joe, a buddy of Joe's (Team 2), Aaron, John and Aimee (Team 3) responded. Team 2 found her initial tracks at the Wilderness gate heading up to Raven's Ridge. Team 2 continued down the Winsor trail while Team 3 followed these tracks up to Raven's ridge and confirmed she'd taken her turns down to Winsor. Team 2 located the track down on the Winsor and followed them a good distance and located her at 3 am on the Rio Nambe trail.
Missing Forrest Fenn treasurer hunter. Parked at Buckman, took raft 9 miles down Rio Grande. 54-year-old Randy Bilyeu purchased and sailed a “raft” and his dog down the Rio Grande on a treasure hunt.