2020

20-01

1/4/20 - Steep Ravine Carryout

While at a night navigation class at San Domenico College, a 5 person team of Marin SAR members was requested by Stinson Beach Fire to assist with a carryout. SAR response was canceled en route. 

20-02

1/15/20 - Fairfax Missing Hikers

44 SAR members helped assist in a call for 2 missing hikers in Cascade Canyon. A ranger was able to get the missing party’s GPS coordinate. 8 ground teams covered nearby trails, finding the 2 missing people in thick brush and steep terrain. The patients were determined ambulatory and SAR teams helped them walk out. 

20-03

1/20/20 - Butte County Missing Dirt Bike Rider

Marin SAR was requested by Butte County in a search for a dirt bike rider. One Marin member was assigned as plans chief, while others were assigned to ground and K9 teams. The missing biker was found uninjured an hour after MSAR arrived.

20-04

1/23/20 - Mariposa Missing Person

Marin SAR responded thirteen members to assist Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office in the search for a missing 75 YOM. Marin was configured into two teams, each team being assigned area search segments. Utilizing the new thermal imaging binoculars, they reported spotting a mountain lion and could see small rodents from long distances. A Tuolumne County SAR team made contact with the subject. They conducted a short carryout to a nearby road and transported him by ambulance.

20-05

1/23/20 - Tam Valley Missing Person 

SAR was requested for a missing despondent 19 YOF. As SAR was arriving on scene, friends and family of the missing female convinced her to seek help. She was driven by a friend to the Mill Valley Public Safety Building where she was contacted by officers and transported to MGH. 

20-06

2/5/20 - K9 Technical Rescue

SAR was requested to assist Marin County Open Space with a technical rope rescue of a 16-year-old K9 that had been missing for 30 hours. Two MCOSD Rangers located Coco but due to her condition, SAR prepared for a rope rescue operation. After a primary assessment, Coco was hauled up, reunited with her owner, and transported by the Marin Humane Society to a nearby pet hospital.

20-07

2/8/20 - Ross Missing Dementia

SAR was called to assist the Sheriff’s Office with a missing adult female with dementia in Ross. The subject went missing between 1 am and 8 am from her home. The team was activated and had a quick response. As we were setting up the CP at the Sheriff’s Substation at College of Marin, the subject was located by a neighbor.

20-08

2/15/20 - San Pedro Ridge Missing Person

Marin SAR was requested to assist deputies and rangers on the scene of a missing female who was off-trail on San Pedro Ridge. She was confused about her location and had only a little cell phone battery remaining. Minutes after an ICP was set up, her husband called and reported he had located her and was taught how to share GPS data from his phone. SAR arrived on scene shortly afterward and provided water to the lost party. 

20-09

2/16/20 - Inverness Missing Couple

Marin SAR was requested for a missing couple in the neighborhood of Seahaven in the town of Inverness. Teams began to hasty search the trails and beaches in the nearby Tomales Bay State Park and surrounding community. Teams encountered very dense and often impenetrable vegetation off all trails surrounding the cottage and greater neighborhood. Resources included trailing and area K-9 teams, UAV’s, ground search teams, H-32, Marin County Fire RWCs for the adjacent water areas, E-bikes and a ground team with thermal imaging binoculars and a parabolic mic. The next day, Mutual Aid SAR teams from Sonoma, Napa, Contra Costa, Alameda, San Mateo, BAMRU, CARDA along with State Parks, Marin County Fire Water Rescue, NPS and aviation units from the Highway Patrol arrived to support the Marin County Sheriff’s assets in the search. By the end of the OP 2, 49 search assignments were completed. The next 4 days search assignments were completed by ground teams, K-9 search teams, UAV teams, water search assets, and helicopters. In OP 7, ground teams, K-9 teams, UAV teams, and a mounted posse team were deployed. Approximately 90 minutes into their assignment, a K-9 team located the missing couple after hearing them shout for help. The ICP initiated a rescue response, utilizing a helicopter for the extraction of the couple.

20-10

2/18/20 - Marinwood Missing Hiker

Marin SAR arrived on scene about 14:15 and set up the ICP. Many Marin SAR members were diverted from the ongoing search in Inverness, as well as several BAMRU members. SAR deployed a number of hasty teams by ground, e-bike and UTV. A Marin K9 team found an area of interest about 1000m down the trail from the MP’s car. An area K9 team arrived around that time and the Marin team relayed the interest. This team located the MP alive, but unresponsive. SAR decided to carry the patient to the UTV and drive him to a waiting ALS ambulance at the trailhead. 

20-11

2/24/20 - San Rafael Missing Dementia

San Rafael Police requested a SAR call out for a missing 72 YOM with dementia who was last seen at noon by his wife. Twenty-two members responded, despite the interview night in progress. Fortunately, he was located by a San Rafael Police unit a short time later.

20-12

3/2/20 - Tennessee Valley Missing Person

Marin SAR was requested to search for a missing 56YOM in Tennessee Valley. There were 2 OP periods utilizing ground and K-9 teams. In OP 2, the MP was located deceased by a search team.

20-13

3/2/20 - Lagunitas Missing Person

Marin SAR established a management team to plan for a search for a missing 73 YOM. No significant clues were reported from the search assignments. After investigation, the MP was found in a treatment facility in Southern California.

20-14

3/4/20 - San Anslemo Missing Dementia

The team was activated by the Central Marin Police Department for a missing 85 YOF with dementia. SAR utilized a combination of teams on foot and teams in vehicles to begin a wide area search of San Anselmo. At 10:30 a resident reported an elderly female was knocking on their door requesting to come in because there was a little girl missing. SAR teams and officers were on her heals and arrived in moments to find her in good condition.

20-15

3/15/20 - Missing Mill Valley Teen

Marin SAR was requested by the Mill Valley Police Department to assist with the search for an autistic 16 YOM. Mill Valley Police found the boy shortly after and the team was never paged out. 

20-16

3/27/20 - COVID-19 LE Support

Marin SAR helped create the proposed COVID-19 Law Enforcement Contingency Plan.

20-17

4/6/20 - EOC Logistic Support

Marin EOC requested 10 SAR members to assist with sorting medical equipment and loading trailers to be prepared to be sent to alternate care locations during the COVID-19 response in Marin County.

20-18

4/6/20 - Bolinas-Fairfax Missing Person

MSAR was requested  to search for a missing 69 YOM in the Fairfax Area. Thirty-three members, including two K-9 cadaver teams, arrived on scene and over the course of six hours covered twelve assignments. On 4/11 another limited objective operational period took place. To minimize risk exposure to COVID-19, each team was composed of members who are all in the same family. No clues were found. On 5/30 a third operational period took place with forty-seven members being deployed. Three K9 teams and multiple ground teams covered areas around the missing person’s house, adjacent properties, and drainages. No clues were located. On 6/16 Marin SAR conducted a fourth operational period where teams searched the buildings and areas in and around the property. 25 members were deployed as well as 1 K9 and the UAV team. No additional clues were located. 

20-19

4/7/20 - Corte Madera Ave Missing Child

Marin SAR was requested by the Mill Valley Police Department to assist in an ongoing search for a 4-6 YOM who was spotted alone by an unrelated 15-year-old. This search remained on a limited objective basis due to the unusual nature of no parents contacting 911 nor MVPD reporting a family member missing. Marin SAR fielded 10 ground team assignments, 1 K9 assignment, and 1 Ebike assignment. No clues were noted, however, no parents have reported a child missing in the area.

20-20

4/23/20 - Missing Girl Nevada County

Marin SAR was requested for mutual aid by CAL OES for a missing 14 year old autistic female. As management started evaluating, the subject was located and the mission was canceled.

20-21

4/29/20 - COVID-19 Alternative Care Site Set-Up

Marin EOC requested 10 SAR members to set up a 35-bed alternative care site at the Marin Center for the COVID-19 response in Marin County. 35 cots had to be assembled, organized, made with bedding, and labeled. Additional tasks were also completed including cleaning and assembling carts.

20-23

5/6/20 - Oakmont Missing Dementia

Marin SAR was requested to support ongoing search operations in Sonoma County. Sonoma SAR had been searching for an 82-year-old who went missing from his house in Oakmont, a retirement community just outside Santa Rosa. Marin SAR deployed 29 members and one trailing dog and Marin SAR team located our subject down but alive in a gully. A team consisting of Marin SAR and Santa Rosa Fire personnel performed a low angle extrication to an awaiting AMR ambulance for transport to a local hospital.

20-24

5/25/20 - Fort Bragg Missing Man

Marin SAR was requested by Mendocino Sheriff to support on the second day of the search for a 77-year-old man who went missing from his house north of Fort Bragg. Marin SAR deployed 12 members, one K9, and the UTV. Two Marin teams were assigned to 35 acre assignments enduring dense poison oak, and tick-infested overgrown woods that took about 4.5 hours to complete. No clues were found and each team was debriefed and returned home that evening. Marin SAR was requested to assist in OP 5 on 6/7. The team deployed 19 members, 17 of which arrived the night before to sleep at the Command Post. The team was split up into four teams, whose assignments consisted of very dense brush and unstable ground, taking about 7 hours to complete. No significant clues were found and the team returned that evening. 

20-25

5/25/20 - San Rafael Missing Dementia

Marin SAR was requested by San Rafael Police to assist in the search for a 78 YOF with dementia. SRPD located her within minutes and SAR was cancelled en route. 

20-26

5/28/20 - Rio Nido Missing Boy

Sonoma County requested Marin SAR to assist in the search for a 13 YOM last seen swimming in the Russian River in Rio Nido, Sonoma County. Marin SAR was cancelled an hour after the request due to a find. 

20-27

5/30/20 - Tucker Trail Rescue

Marin SAR was requested to assist in a trail rescue at the intersection of Tucker Trail and Bill Williams Trail where a 60 YOF had taken a 40 foot fall into a ravine and had sustained a head injury. 17 members were diverted from the Bolinas-Fairfax search to assist. CHP H-32 responded to conduct a hoist-rescue, and in the event that they could not execute it, a SAR carryout was Plan B. Marin SAR helped carry the patient to a wider clearing for CHP to conduct a hoist. The hoist was successful and the members returned to the search. 

20-28

6/7/20 - Sausalito Evidence Search

At 2:30 in the morning, Marin SAR was requested by Sausalito PD and MCSO to conduct an evidence search to locate a weapon used during a domestic disturbance. 7 members responded, and the firearm was located within an hour and MSAR was released. 

20-29

6/16/20 - Mill Valley Missing Teen
At 4:30 in the morning Marin SAR was requested to assist in the search for a 17 year-old-female. She was known to be in an altered state of consciousness. 42 members were deployed and teams searched the areas within Tam Valley, extending out to Sausalito and Panoramic Highway. A team located the subject around 1000 in a resident’s garage. She was taken to an awaiting ambulance for further evaluation. 

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