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Butte County Mutual Aid (6/21/2020)

Seven members responded to Butte County to assist in the search for a missing 82 y.o. male who wandered from his house in remote Butte County, near Feather Falls. The team arrived on scene after mid-night and slept until first light. A short time into the third operational period, the entire Marin contingent was requested to assist with management of the search. Other teams assisting Butte that day were CARDA, CAL-ESAR and BAMRU. Teams covered a wide area around the PLS in hot conditions and heavily wooded terrain. The search was suspended that evening with Butte continuing the effort. One week later a Butte Sheriff’s Helicopter located the subject deceased in thick vegetation well above the house PLS. Marin members put in 18 hours each.

Sonoma Mutual Aid (11/4/2020)

Seventeen members were deployed at 9:00 PM to assist Sonoma SAR in the search for a missing Alzheimer’s patient who walked away from a care home. Members were deployed as a large area search team and covered three assignments, searching a large river drainage, vineyards, large fields and apartment complexes. No clues were located.

Steep Ravine Carryout (1/4/2020)

While at a night navigation class at San Domenico School, 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.

Fairfax Missing Hikers (1/15/2020)

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

Butte County Missing Biker (1/20/2020)

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

Mariposa Missing Person (1/23/2020)

Marin SAR responded with 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 new thermal imaging binoculars, members reported spotting a mountain lion and could see small rodents from long distances. A Tulare County SAR team made contact with the subject. They conducted a short carryout to a nearby road and transported him by ambulance.

Tam Valley Despondent (1/23/2020)

Marin SAR was requested to assist in a search for a missing 19YOF despondent. 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.

K9 Technical Rescue (2/5/2020)

Marin SAR was requested to assist Marin County Open Space Rangers 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 raised, reunited with her owner, and transported by the Marin Humane Society to a nearby pet hospital.

Ross Missing Dementia (2/8/2020)

Marin 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.. As Marin SAR was setting up the CP at the Sheriff’s Substation at College of Marin, the subject was located by a neighbor.

Pedro Ridge Missing Person (2/15/2020)

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

Inverness Missing Couple (2/16/2020)

Marin SAR was requested for a missing couple 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.

Marinwood Missing Hiker (2/18/2020)

Marin SAR was requested for a missing hiker in Marinwood. Responding members arrived at the scene at 14:15 and set up the ICP. Many Marin SAR members were diverted from the ongoing search in Inverness. 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 additionalK9 team arrived to confirm the interest. The second team located the MP alive, but unresponsive. MSAR carried the patient to the UTV and drove him to a waiting ALS ambulance at the trailhead.

San Rafael Missing Dementia (2/24/2020)

San Rafael Police requested SAR for a missing 72 YOM with dementia who was last seen at noon by his wife. Twenty-two members responded, He was located by a San Rafael Police unit a short time later.

Tennessee Valley Missing Despondent (3/2/2020)

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

Lagunitas Missing Despondent (3/2/2020)

Marin SAR was requested for ongoing search efforts for a missing 73 YOM in Lagunitas. MSAR established a management team to plan for a search and teams for a missing 73 YOM. Search teams conducted hasty search assignments in the immediate area. No significant clues were reported from the search assignments. After further investigation, the MP was found in a treatment facility in Southern California.

San Rafael Missing Dementia (3/4/2020)

MSAR was requested by the Central Marin Police Department for a missing 85 YOF with dementia. MSAR utilized a combination of teams on foot and 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. SAR teams and officers were on her heels and arrived in moments to find her in good condition.

Missing Mill Valley Teen (3/15/2020)

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.

COVID-19 LE Support (3/27/2020)

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

EOC Logistic Support (4/6/2020)

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.

Bolinas-Fairfax Missing Person OP 1-6 (4/6/2020)

MSAR was requested to search for a missing 69 YOM in the Fairfax Area. On April 6th, thirty-three members, including two K-9 cadaver teams, arrived on scene and over the course of six hours covered twelve assignments. On April 11th, 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 May 30th, 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 June 16th, 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. On July 1st, 25 members and two K9-HRD responded for the fifth operational period searching areas off the roadway and completing neighborhood canvassing. No significant clues were located. On August 9th, 38 members responded for the sixth operational period. The efforts were focused in Cascade Canyon and on the areas bordering the Meadow Club golf course. The Verizon first responder crisis response team supported Marin SAR with cellular data and wifi hotspots. No significant clues were located.

Corte Madera Ave Missing Child (4/7/2020)

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.

Missing Girl Nevada County (4/23/2020)

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.

COVID-19 Alternative Care Site Set-Up (4/29/2020)

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.

Oakmont Missing Dementia (5/6/2020)

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. A 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.

Fort Bragg Missing Man OP 2 and 5 (5/25/2020)

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 whom 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.

San Rafael Missing Dementia (5/25/2020)

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 Marin SAR was canceled en route.

Rio Nido Missing Boy (5/28/2020)

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 canceled an hour after the request due to a find.

Tucker Trail Rescue (5/30/2020)

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.

Sausalito Evidence Search (6/7/2020)

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.

Mill Valley Missing Teen (6/16/2020)

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 10:00 in a resident’s garage. She was taken to an awaiting ambulance for further evaluation.

San Rafael Missing Dementia (7/9/2020)

San Rafael Police requested assistance in the search for a missing 79-year-old elderly female with dementia. She was the subject of a search and SAR team find last year. She was located by San Rafael PD shortly after the activation of the team.

Missing Camper Madera County OP 1-3 (7/9/2020)

The Madera County Sheriff’s Office requested mutual aid through CAL OES in the search for a 54 YOF missing camper in the Sierra National Forest north of Bass Lake. Her campsite was disheveled and her vehicle was found crashed into a shallow ravine a few miles north of her campsite. She also came into contact with a couple of hikers supposedly after the crash. She was barefoot, seemed disoriented, and refused medical care. On July 9th, Marin SAR deployed 7 members for one day which were split into an e-bike team and a ground team. Once the e-bike team concluded their assignment, they joined the second Marin team to conclude an additional assignment. No clues were located. On July 10th, Marin SAR deployed another 4 members. They completed a large group assignment. No clues were located during this operation. On July 14th, 16 Marin SAR members were diverted from El Dorado County to support an additional operational period. Due to clues the previous day in higher elevation, the search was focused closer to the border of Yosemite National Park. Teams were flown by National Guard Blackhawk UH-60 into their assignment. Teams were released and returned home around midnight. This entire search consisted of type 1 terrain.

Missing Camper El Dorado County (7/12/2020)

On Sunday, July 12th, 21 Marin SAR members deployed to El Dorado County to aid in the 9th operational period for a missing 66-year-old male who went missing from his campsite. The Marin team stayed together for one large assignment, sweeping down a hillside with extremely thick brush and manzanita, with an elevation change of 2000 feet. Teams were pulled out of the field early due to the suspension of the search. Six members returned home while 16 were diverted to Madera County for a separate search.

Missing Elderly Dementia Eldridge, Mill Valley (7/19/2020)

On July 19th, Marin SAR was requested by Mill Valley PD to assist in the search for a 78 YOM with dementia that did not return from his daily walk. 42 members responded to the search. After the first team was sent into the field, they interviewed a dog walker who reported the subject was returning home. The man returned home and was transported by paramedics to a local hospital.

Cataract Critical Injury Trail Rescue - Cancel (7/24/2020)

On July 24th, Marin SAR was requested by Ross Valley FD, Marin County FD, and MMWD to assist in the trail rescue of a 22 year-old-female with a serious lower leg injury. While the team was en route, enough fire resources arrived on scene to handle and Marin SAR was canceled.

Missing Hiker Watershed (8/5/2020)

On August 5th, Marin SAR was requested by Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) for a missing adult female who went on a solo hike in the MMWD near Sky Oaks. A couple of hours into the search the subject was located by a MMWD Ranger near Alpine Lake with a minor leg injury and SAR teams were sent to assist. A boat was deployed to retrieve her and bring her back to her vehicle.

Tamarancho Trail Rescue (8/9/2020)

On August 9th, Marin SAR was requested by Ross Valley FD to assist on the trail rescue of an elderly female with a head injury on the Alchemy Trail near Tamarancho. As 5 members of Marin SAR arrived, they were tasked with deploying equipment to the scene. As SAR made their way up the trail, Ross Valley FD determined the patient was ambulatory enough to walk down to the ambulance. SAR was canceled, and the subject was transported.

CZU Lightning Complex Fire Evac Support (8/21/2020)

On August 21st, Marin SAR was requested by Santa Cruz SAR and Santa Cruz SO to send an overhead planning team to the CZU Lightning Complex to assist with evacuation planning. 5 members responded in person, and another 6 supported from home. With tens of thousands of residents needing to evacuate at such short notice, many plans had to be assembled to ensure a safe evacuation. An additional 10 members supported finalizing the plans the following day.

Woodward Fire Evacuation Support (8/24/2020)

On August 24th around 1700, Marin SAR was requested by Marin SO along with other agencies to assist in the evacuations of residents in the Point Reyes area due to the threat of the Woodward Fire. A remote planning team started assembling evacuation plans, while 17 members went to the scene to prepare for the evacuations. Fortunately, the winds shifted and Marin SAR was not needed.SAR was released at 2200.

Yosemite Mutual Aid - Canceled (8/27/2020)

On August 27th around 1430, Marin SAR was requested by Yosemite National Park to assist in the search for a 68 YOM last known to be hiking down from Half Dome. Marin SAR was put on standby as Cal OES attempted to fill the request with closer counties. The subject was located that evening alive and well.

Estero Tomales Missing ATV Rider (8/30/2020)

On August 30th at 0100, Marin SAR was requested for a search for a 40 YOM that was riding ATV’s with his friends when they got separated. 18 members responded to the remote ranch land in between Dillon Beach and Bodega Bay. Teams were deployed on foot, ATVs, UTV, and E-bikes. Around 0430, a ground team located the subject alive but injured, in a ravine due to an ATV crash. An extended trail rescue was conducted to the awaiting ambulance and the subject was transported to the hospital.

Labor Day Weekend PSAR and Trail Rescues (9/6/2020)

Throughout all three days of Labor Day Weekend, Marin SAR staged at the mountain theater to conduct PSAR (Preventative SAR) by handing out waters and maps to hikers, utilizing e-bike, UTV, and hiking teams. On Sunday, September 6th, multiple hikers needed assistance with heat-related illnesses due to the 100+ degree temperatures. One e-bike team first assisted Muir Beach Fire Department on the Miwok Trail with a 1.5-mile carryout to Frank Valley Road. Immediately following that incident, the e-bike team as well as the UTV/Hiking team were requested by Stinson Beach Fire Department with a carryout on the Dipsea Trail. Teams transported the litter with the patient up the Dipsea to a clearing where CHP-H30 flew her to Throckmorton Ridge Fire station for transport. During that incident, another ground team assisted Marin County Fire Department with medical aid on the Coastal Fire Road. No carryout was needed as she could walk to the vehicle with assistance.

Mill Valley Missing Dementia (9/12/2020)

On Saturday, September 12th, Marin SAR was requested by Mill Valley PD to assist in the search for an 82-year-old woman with severe dementia who wandered away from her home. Shortly after 1 hour of searching, she was located by a citizen who flagged down a nearby SAR team. She was examined by paramedics and released on scene. A total of 50 members responded to this incident.