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Vaccination POD Support #2 1/10/2021

1/10/21-1/30/21 -Marin SAR was asked to support the County of Marin's First Responder Vaccination program. The team had two people working on the Coordination Committee for the Office of Emergency Services, helping to set up and manage the vaccination site. SAR also had many volunteers working shifts at the site to help get First Responders, Healthcare Workers, and other essential workers vaccinated. This POD delivered the first and second dose of the vaccine.

Missing Person Covelo, Mendocino 1/14/2021

On January 14th, Marin SAR deployed 9 members to assist Mendocino SAR with the search for a missing man last seen on his remote property in Northern Covelo on 1/5/21. Teams were deployed into the field and located several significant clues. Unfortunately the MP was later found deceased by search teams.

Battery Rathbone Evidence Search - Marin Headlands 1/23/2021

Marin SAR was requested by GGNRA to assist in a day long technical evidence search off the cliffs near Battery Rathbone. 16 members completed four rope evolutions, systematically searching a cliff face that dropped 400ft to the ocean.

Terra Linda Missing Dementia 2/13/2021

On Saturday February 13th, Marin SAR was requested by San Rafael PD to assist in the search for a missing 80 YOF with dementia from a long-term care facility. As 37 members were responding to the scene, she was located by a San Francisco paramedic due to the BOLO alert.

K9 Evidence Search - Marin Headlands 2/17/2021

One MSAR K9 team was requested by GGNRA to assist with an ongoing criminal investigation. The K9 team was tasked to look for scent specific evidence relating to this case

Fairfax Evidence Search 2/17/2021

MCSO Coroner requested a MSAR response to assist with an evidence search in an area where human remains were located in the Marin watershed.

Indian Valley Missing Woman 2/18/2021

Marin SAR was requested to assist in ongoing search efforts for an at-risk 73 year-old female hiker who went missing this afternoon near the College of Marin Indian Valley Campus. The overdue hiker was likely missing in the surrounding hills. A hasty search of the campus area found no clues. 30 Marin SAR members responded to the scene. They joined COM Police, Novato PD, and Marin County Sheriff deputies in the search effort. Ground and E-Bike search teams deployed at 7:45 pm. A search team located the missing person at 9:10 p.m., in need of medical assistance. Novato Fire responded and after evaluation, they transported the hiker off the mountain to a waiting ambulance, then to a local hospital.

San Rafael Missing Man 2/25/2021

42 SAR members and a trailing K-9 team deployed to assist San Rafael Police for a missing 72 year old male at risk in the downtown area of San Rafael. Ground and E-bike teams covered a wide area while identifying surveillance cameras. After covering a wide area with no find, clues came in that indicated he likely was no longer in the area. The K9 team identified a probable direction of travel, which was later confirmed. Eight hours later the subject surfaced at a family residence out of the immediate search area.

China Camp Evidence Search 2/28/2021

Marin SAR assisted the MCSO in an evidence search around the area where a body was located in China Camp State Park. 29 members responded, searching a 10 acre area for about 4 hours.

Tuolumne County Mutual Aid 3/8/2021

Marin SAR was requested by Tuolumne SAR to assist in the search for a 31 YOM whose vehicle was located in a snow park at the end of Hwy 108. 20 members responded, searching 40-70 acre segments with alpine snow equipment. No significant clues were located and the search was suspended due to an incoming storm.

LA County Mutual Aid 3/13/2021

Marin SAR was requested by LA County to assist in the search for a missing 37 YOF hiker in the Angeles National Forest. While en route, she was located deceased and MSAR was cancelled.

Topaz Dr. Novato - Alzheimer 4/5/2021

Marin SAR was requested by Novato Police to aid in the search for a missing 73 year old female with dementia in the Atherton area of Novato. 21 members arrived on scene within 15 minutes, but while deploying the MP was located by a neighbor. Both SAR EMTs and fire crews did assessments before releasing her.

Missing FEMA K-9 4/26/2021

Marin SAR was requested to assist with remote plans for a missing FEMA K9 in Newark, CA. 5 members assisted, and the dog was located within an hour of MSAR request.

San Rafael Evidence Search OP 2 5/4/2021

San Rafael PD requested MSAR for a follow up evidence search relating to the previous homicide. 19 members responded, covering a three-acre open space area.

San Rafael Evidence Search 5/4/2021

MSAR was requested by San Rafael Police to assist in an evidence search related to a homicide. 16 members covered six separate plots adjacent to the victim’s location, as well as one additional plot a short distance away. Various pieces of evidence were located.

Chimney Rock Recovery 5/21/2021

NPS requested MSAR to assist in a human remains recovery, in the area of Chimney Rock Trailhead within the Point Reyes National Seashore. NPS Rangers and a Coast Guard helicopter located the subject but requested MSAR to assist in the technical recovery. 19 members responded. Once the location of the subject was confirmed, two members were lowered over the side to recover the remains. Upon return topside, the subject was transported by rangers in an NPS UTV to the trailhead.

Crissy Field Missing 84YOF-Cancelled 6/12/2021

Marin SAR was requested to assist in a limited objective search in the Presidio in San Francisco for an 84 YOF, missing since May 28. 29 members confirmed availability. With the development of new investigative information the search was postponed.

Mill Valley Dementia 6/14/2021

After conducting a hasty search for a missing 87 YOM with dementia, Mill Valley Police requested Marin SAR as well as MCSO, UAV team, Central Marin and Tiburon Police Departments, Marin County Open Space District Rangers, and local Mill Valley CERT volunteers. 30 Marin SAR members and two K-9 teams responded. Teams were deployed on foot, e-bikes, and vehicle patrols. Upon receiving the Nixle notification a citizen located the subject after her dog alerted on the subject. Mill Valley and Southern Marin Fire units responded and rendered medical assistance for minor injuries sustained.

El Dorado Missing Child 6/25/2021

While near Kirkwood for the team’s summer training camp Marin SAR was notified by El Dorado SAR of a missing 3 YOF in at Gertrude Lake in Desolation Wilderness. After first being placed on standby, MSAR was requested. 15 members were mobilized. Upon arrival at ICP the team was notified that the child was located alive and well. The 15 members returned to Camp Silverado.

Cataract Trail Rescue 7/3/2021

During a PSAR event, 12 Marin SAR members were deployed in the area of Rock Springs on Mt Tamalpais. During the afternoon the team was dispatched to a medical aid on the Cataract Trail. The patient was a male in his 20s that had overdosed, was unconscious, and had an apparent head injury. A ranger and a MSAR team member were first to make patient contact, administering a C Collar, rewarming the patient, and providing oxygen. A gap in trees just north of the trail was utilized to long line the patient via Sonoma County Sheriff Henry 1. The patient was flown to CHP H30 which then transported to John Muir Medical Center.

Lost Lakes Missing 17YOM, Alpine County 7/4/2021

Marin SAR was requested by Alpine County to provide ground searchers for a missing 17 YOM who had walked away from camp following an argument. 10 MSAR members responded while two more members provided remote planning help. The team set up our ICP for the incident and were assigned a high probability search area west of the MP’s campsite. Two teams were deployed to cover technical cliff bands while one member remained at ICP to provide support. Shortly after deployment all teams were advised to return to ICP, search efforts were suspended. SAR 4 and 6 were released and SAR 1 remained to facilitate a planning meeting and build the IAP for the next few days. Regrettably the following day, the MP’s remains were located.