1/19/19 - Mt. Tam Stranded Hiker Assist

Five members diverted from a Saturday night navigation training to assist Sheriff’s Deputies and State Park Rangers to contact a hiker who found herself off trail on a steep portion of the Matt Davis Trail. She had called 911 and reported she was unable to move. Team member assisted in locating the patient, assisting her cross country and back to her vehicle.


1/25/19 - Covelo Abduction OP 11

Marin SAR was requested by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, to assist in follow up on a search from 2018.  Twelve members along with three canines assisted in this search.


2/14/19 - Sausilito Mudlside

Southern Marin Fire requested human remains detection (HRD) canine teams for a mudslide that occured due to weather. Three members and two canines responded along with the Sheriff’s UAV team.


2/18/19 - El Dorado Missing Skiers

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s office requested mutual aid for two missing skiers in the backcountry. 8 Marin SAR members responded and while they were being briefed, the two skiers were located by a CHP helicopter. Marin members hastily set up a rewarming station and took over patient care when the missing skiers returned to the command post. They monitored and cared for them until paramedics arrived nearly an hour later.


2/21/19 & 2/24/19 - Stinson Beach Missing Person

Marin SAR was paged out for a missing person in the area of Stinson Beach. SAR members searched over two operational periods with over 40 members present, along with two canines. We also had assistance from water rescue craft from Southern Marin Fire, Stinson Beach Fire, and Marin County Fire. The missing person was later located deceased.


3/2 - 3/3/9 - Garberville Missing Children

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office requested Mutual Aid for two missing children in the Garberville area. 39 Marin SAR members responded and assisted in the search, many coming from our Mountain Rescue Reaccreditation Test. Members were deployed as field teams, overhead roles, and UTV teams. On the second day of searching, the two children were located alive and well!


3/21/19 - Missing Mill Valley Child

Mill Valley Police Department requested Marin SAR for a missing nine year old near the Mill Valley Rec Center. 47 members responded and as teams were being deployed, the child was located alive and well.


3/24/19 - Muir Woods Trail Rescue

While 16 members were returning from a backpacking trip in Pt. Reyes, Marin County Fire requested SAR for a trail rescue in Muir Woods. Members assisted and successfully completed the carryout.


3/30/19 - San Rafael Missing Dementia Patient

Marin SAR was requested by San Rafael PD for a missing woman with dementia. Officers had driven the area and a nixle alert was sent out before Marin SAR was requested. 36 members responded and began searching, covering a large portion of San Rafael, with teams on foot going door to door, roving vehicles, canine teams, and assistance from SRPD officers. Later that evening the missing person was successfully located by a Marin SAR member.


4/4/19 - Ridgecrest Vehicle Accident

Marin SAR was requested to perform a limited objective search for a vehicle that had gone over the side of Ridgecrest Blvd. on Mt. Tamalpais. 28 members responded and assisted in locating several items related to the accident.


4/8/19 - Novato Missing 87 YOF

Marin SAR was requested To assist the Sheriff’s Office with the search for a missing 87 year old female in Novato. Deputies had been searching the neighborhood around the subject’s home and decided that SAR was needed to begin a larger search. The missing subject has Alzheimer’s and walked away from her home. The missing subject was located alive and well by a SAR member who was driving into the search area.


4/18/19 - Butte County Mutual Aid

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office requested mutual aid for a missing father and two kids. 19 members responded to assist on this search. Members deployed in several teams as well as overhead positions. Around 1 am, teams were notified that the subjects had been located by a passing motorist.


5/3/19 - Samuel P Taylor Rescue

State Park Rangers at Samuel P Taylor State Park received a report for a missing 67 year old male from the campground. After a quick hasty search, they requested Marin SAR to respond and assist with the search effort. 41 members responded to the scene and quickly set up search assignments and fielded teams. About two hours later, a CHP airplane with infrared cameras located what they believed to be the missing person. They guided ground searchers in to the subject. Upon locating the subject, Marin SAR members assessed the patient and packaged him for transport. Due to the terrain, a technical rope system was used in order to extricate the patient. The patient was transferred to a waiting ambulance, alive and well.


5/11/19 - Missing 81YOF San Rafael

San Rafael Police Department requested Marin SAR for a search for a missing 81 year old female with dementia. 51 Marin members and 3 canines responded. Members deployed in several field teams, covering a large portion of San Rafael as well as distributing flyers, checking transit routes, and other possible locations. The missing subject was located alive and well in San Francisco.


5/16/19 - Monterey Mutual Aid - Cancelled

Monterey County Sheriff’s Office requested mutual aid for a missing hiker in the Ventana wilderness. 16 Marin SAR members responded, and were cancelled en-route when the hiker was located.


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