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Steep Ravine Recovery, Mt. Tamalpais State Park 8/11/2023

Marin SAR was requested to recover a deceased subject off the Steep Ravine Trail at the base of a cliff. This was a complex recovery operation involving several rope evolutions and careful litter handling to extract the patient. The subject was transferred to the Coroner and SAR was released. State Parks also assisted with this mission.

Helen Markt Trail Rescue, Mt. Tamalpais 8/5/2023

Marin SAR was requested by Marin County Fire to assist with a trail rescue on Helen Markt Trail. The patient was suffering from heat stress with muscle cramps and could no longer ambulate. After an extended boat ride and hike to access her, County Fire medics noted that the patient was improving with rest and electrolytes and began to hike her out. She was able to hike to the boat. SAR team members and fire crews that hiked in were treated to a boat ride out by the Marin Water District Rangers.

Missing 17YOF, Muir Woods-GGNRA 8/5/2023

Marin SAR was requested to help locate a missing 17YOF with an existing traumatic brain injury in Muir Woods National Monument. She had become separated from her family, last seen on a trail in the back end of the canyon hours earlier. Teams hasty searched over a dozen trails to Muir Beach and the Muir Woods Canyon late into the night. At 01:15, Rangers heard frequent, distant cries for help. The MP was located by a SAR member, however, she bolted down a steep slope. After several minutes a Marin SAR member got a hold of her before reaching a 10-foot drop. She was calmed down and walked out with Marin County Fire units performing a medical assessment before she was reunited with her family.

Missing 14YOM, Muir Woods-GGNRA 8/3/2023

36 Marin SAR members were deployed in search of a missing 14 YOM that got lost while hiking in Muir Woods. The MP was located shortly after members were deployed, and the mission was canceled.

Missing 53YOM, Los Angeles County 7/21/2023

Five Marin SAR members headed to the mountains above Sierra Madre to assist in a search for a missing 53 YOM hiker, overdue for several days. Mountain Rescue teams from across California were called to assist. Over two days, Marin SAR members were configured into two teams with teams being flown into assignments each day. The weather was very hot and the terrain was difficult, requiring the use of rope access to descend down steep drainages at several points. The day after we departed the search the subject was located deceased by search teams in dense brush off the main trail.

Missing Cyclist, Santa Cruz County 7/16/2023

Cal OES requested Marin SAR’s help to respond to Santa Cruz County for a missing bike rider. After a day of searching, San Mateo County Park Rangers located the MP’s bike along the path of a long-closed and overgrown trail on the San Mateo side of the ridge. SAR teams hiked for two hours to the top of the ridge where the bike was located. Marin SAR was requested to provide an overhead team with ground searchers. Shortly after, the ICP reported the victim was located, but two Marin SAR members continued in and assisted with the all-night extrication of the subject off of the ridge. Participating teams included Santa Cruz, San Mateo, BAMRU SAR units, San Mateo Parks, and several fire agencies.

Missing 12YOM, Mill Valley 7/13/2023

Marin SAR was requested by the Mill Valley Police Department to assist in a search for a 12YOM with disabilities. As we were responding, members were alerted that the missing subject had been located alive and well.

Evidence Search, San Rafael 7/10/2023

The San Rafael Police Department was involved in a foot pursuit with a suspect seen wearing a green satchel with a weapon but the subject was located without those items. Marin SAR, along with the Sheriff’s Dive Team was requested to search for the possible weapon. Twenty-six members attempted to locate that evidence in and around a creek just off Redwood Highway Frontage Road. Teams searched for three hours; however, no evidence was located.

San Luis Obispo County 7/7/2023

Twenty-six Marin SAR members responded to a mutual aid call to San Luis Obispo County to search for a 5YOM last seen that January after being swept down the San Marcos Creek. This was among the largest search efforts in California history involving 400 searchers from SAR teams across California. Searching was tightly spaced in many sand dunes and often thick vegetation, looking for bones and bone fragments over two days. Unfortunately, no significant clues were found during this effort.

Missing 13YOM, Novato 6/19/2023

Novato Police Department requested Marin SAR to assist in locating a missing 13YOM. The MP was walking from home to his grandmother's house but never arrived. Not long after the first units were deployed, the MP walked into his home healthy and unharmed.

Missing 61YOM, Novato 6/20/2023

Marin SAR responded with 42 members to assist in a search in Novato Police to locate a missing 61 YOM who suffered from dementia. Teams were deployed on foot, e-bikes, and K9, to search trails, creeks, roads, and open spaces. Several residents reported sightings as the evening progressed, which eventually provided a direction of travel. Searching continued, and resources were redirected as clues developed, and mutual aid was requested for search efforts the next day. The next day, while search assignments were ongoing, a family friend called the MP’s sister and reported that the subject had walked up to a house over 30 miles from the point last seen! The subject was subsequently transported to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. A big thanks to Marin Open Space Rangers and SAR teams from Sonoma, Napa, Contra Costa, San Mateo/BAMRU, and CARDA who assisted us with the search.

San Quentin Evidence Search 6/19/2023

The San Rafael Police Department requested Marin SAR to conduct an evidence search for a handgun used in a series of armed robberies in Marin. A subsequent search located the clothes the subject was seen wearing during the robbery, however, the subject's handgun was still missing. Twenty Marin SAR members were on scene and split into three teams. Key evidence was located.

Goose Lake, Sierra County Mutual Aid 6/17/2023

Marin SAR was requested for a mutual aid search in Sierra County for a missing female with early onset Alzheimer's and periods of confusion. The MP was last known to be in her tent by Goose Lake, with only light clothing and no shoes on. 18 Marin SAR members were quickly deployed into the field after arriving on scene and searched with 30 other members from Nevada County until 22:00. Teams camped overnight. The following day, Marin teams located tracks of human footprints in both snow and mud consistent with the MP’s size. She was not located by the end of the day. Search efforts continued on 6/19/23 with a number of SAR teams from Northern California. Around noon the missing subject was located by an Air Guard helicopter in a drainage off a road near the point last seen. Marin along with several other SAR teams provided initial stabilization of the patient in good condition for having been out for over 60 hours. A rescue helicopter transported the subject to a local trauma center. This successful search was a huge team effort involving SAR teams from Nevada, Butte, Placer, Tahoe Nordic, BAMRU, Contra Costa, Washoe, and the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office.

Cataract Trail Rescue, Mt. Tamalpais 6/4/2023

MMWD Rangers made a trail rescue request for an injured hiker on the Cataract trail. Shortly after the request, we were canceled as they had sufficient resources on scene.

Missing 7YOM, Fairfax 5/22/2023

Marin SAR received a request from Fairfax Police at 11:49 PM for a missing 7 YOM who reportedly had a disagreement with his mother, which resulted in him running away with his sleeping bag in downtown Fairfax. Forty-four Marin SAR members and two K9 teams were on scene within 20 minutes of the request and completed 14 assignments searching a wide area with no clues. Operations were scaled back by 4:00 AM with several K-9 teams and an overhead team continuing the search. A large order to mutual aid was placed to continue the search at first light. At approximately 05:45, an alert citizen called Fairfax Police who located the MP in good condition after spending the night in a sleeping bag on the side of the road.

Missing 36YOM, Novato 5/13/2023

Marin SAR was requested for an investigation to search for a 36 YOM in Novato who had been missing for several weeks from his vehicle off Binford Road. This search was challenging due to high water and thick vegetation conditions. Searchers logged over 265 hours over two days with ground teams and K9 teams. No clues were found during this search effort and the case is being followed up by the Sheriff’s Department Investigations.

Missing 72YOF Stirling City, Butte County 4/17/2023

Marin SAR members responded to a request from Butte County to assist with search efforts for a 72 YOF thought to have dementia. The MP was last seen on 4/10/23, though her car was not immediately located. Eventually, the MP’s car was located. Responding Marin SAR members searched several assignments, though were unable to locate any significant clues regarding the MP, and were released. The following OP, several additional Marin SAR members responded. Prior to deployment teams were alerted that the MP had been located, deceased. Marin SAR members assisted with transporting and packaging the MP. A local helicopter performed a successful extraction of the MP via longline.

Missing 2YO Hopland, Mendocino County 4/4/2023

Marin SAR received a Mutual Aid request from Mendocino County to assist with the search for a missing 2YO in the afternoon of 4/4/23. Prior to departing, members were alerted that the MP had been located alive.

Marinduro Bike Race, Fairfax 4/1/2023

On 4/1/23, several Marin SAR members supported the Marinduro bike racing event by providing EMS support. Several riders approached Marin SAR members with complaints of possible concussions, head trauma, and wounds. Marin SAR members treated and released injured riders. Another rider had a possible tib/fib fracture. Marin SAR members utilized a UTV and litter to package, and transport the rider to Marin County Fire paramedics.

Missing 24YOM Brooketrails, Mendocino County 3/30/2023

Mendocino SAR requested Mutual Aid assistance with the search for a 24 YOM who had last been seen on 3/27/23. Responding Marin SAR members searched drainages and areas where the MP had possibly been sighted. However, the MP was not located during the OP, and Marin SAR members were released.

Leafwood Circle Santa Rosa MP, Sonoma County 3/1/2023

Sonoma County requested Mutual Aid assistance with search efforts for a 65YOM who was last seen near his residence on 2/27/23. Responding Marin SAR members assisted in management roles as well as formed several field teams which re-searched assignments completed previously in a hasty manner, as well as searched several areas which had not yet been searched. Over the next two days, additional Marin SAR members responded and assisted with search, investigative, and planning efforts. No significant clues were located. The MP was later located deceased by a citizen.

French Hill Search, Del Norte County 2/9/2023

Marin SAR was requested via CalOES to assist Del Norte County with search efforts for a missing female mushroom picker, who had last been seen on 2/2/23. On 2/4/23, a USCG helicopter hoisted the MP’s daughter from a drainage in which she had sheltered. Del Norte County resources initiated a search for the MP, which continued through 2/7/23. A team located the MP’s family’s dog, who had also been missing, in an area near the drainage where the MP’s father and daughter had descended. Marin SAR members formed a single team that covered the main drainage in which the MP’s daughter had been located, also where the MP’s husband and daughter believed they had made voice contact with her. One member assisted Del Norte County resources in overhead. No significant clues were located during this OP. Several more Marin SAR members responded to Del Norte County later that evening. On 2/11/23, Marin SAR formed two teams that searched densely vegetated areas directly above the drainage, areas which the MP’s daughter and husband both believed the MP had traveled through or might be located, due to the MP’s voice calls on 2/3/23. Two Marin SAR members also served as flankers for CARDA teams, and two Marin SAR members served roles in overhead. No significant clues were located during the day’s search efforts, and teams were released. Several days later, resources discovered a bucket matching the description of the MP’s. On 2/17 several Marin SAR members responded and assisted with efforts to cut a trail through thick brush to access the search areas. Over the course of two days, members cut a trail to more easily access high POD search areas. The MP was eventually located deceased by a family member.

Missing 67YOM Strawberry Village, Mill Valley 2/3/2023

Marin SAR received a request from MCSO to assist with search efforts for a 67YOM who had not returned to work after a break earlier that morning. Less than an hour later, investigative efforts led to the location of the missing subject in the immediate area, and responding members were released.

Missing hiker, Mt. Tamalpais 1/20/2023

Marin SAR was requested to assist with the search for a missing male hiker known to have dementia. The MP had been hiking with his wife when the two became separated. An MMWD ranger and an SO deputy hasty searched the area surrounding where the missing person (MP) had been hiking. About 10 minutes after members received the callout, a citizen located the MP along Deer Camp Fire Road, alive and well. The SO deputy reunited the MP with his wife.

Conzelman Search, Marin Headlands-GGNRA 1/19/2023

GGNRA requested Marin SAR’s assistance with a search for a missing despondent male after rangers located his car abandoned on Conzelman Rd in the Marin Headlands. Responding members were configured into ground teams and several HRD K9 teams, which searched areas around the LKP. Additionally, the MCSO UAV assisted with search efforts. During OP1, no notable clues were located by teams in the field. After conducting further investigations and interviewing the MP’s family, Marin SAR, GGNRA, and MCSO continued the search for a second OP on 1/20/23. H-30 also conducted aerial searching along coastal areas. On 1/20/23, members returned to continue searching near the LKP. During OP3, MCSO Posse assisted in search efforts. On 1/28/23, K9 teams searched several areas as well as cliff bases, and one member along with a GGNRA ranger, utilizing binoculars, searched cliff areas. Subsequent search operations were suspended.

Banner Mountain OP2/OP3, Nevada County 1/14/2023

On the morning of 1/14/23, Marin SAR received a mutual aid request from Nevada County for a missing elderly female with dementia, who had left her home the previous afternoon. 12 MSAR members responded to support OP2, with one member assisting Nevada County SAR members with overhead operations. Other members were deployed into two ground teams. Despite heavy rain and cold conditions, each team completed two assignments during OP2, however, no notable clues were located. Several additional members responded to support OP3 the following day. After several hours, the MP was located deceased by a citizen.

Flood Response, Stinson Beach 1/5/2023

39 MSAR members responded to the Stinson Beach area to assist the Stinson Beach Fire Department with filling and placing sandbags along residences impacted by flooding after a seawall overflowed. In addition to filling sandbags, Marin SAR members performed damage assessments of local neighborhoods by documenting flooding impacts. Operations were complete by 16:30, and members were released.

Strawberry Missing Dementia, Mill Valley 1/4/2023

Marin SAR received a request to assist with search efforts for an elderly male with severe dementia, who was last seen at his residence about two hours prior. With a severe weather system approaching, responding members were quickly deployed to search. The MP was located in some vegetation about 30 minutes later by SO deputies near his residence.

Lost Hiker, Mt. Tamalpais 1/1/2023

Nine Marin SAR members assisted MMWD rangers with locating a hiker who had called for assistance, as she was cold, and without food or water. Cell phone ping information showed the hiker’s location as about halfway down the Helen Markt Trail from the Cataract Trail Junction. MSAR members split into two teams, quickly located the hiker, as well as offered her warm clothing, food, and water. MSAR members returned to the trailhead with the hiker.

Trail Rescue, Mt. Tamalpais 1/1/2023

While initiating a PSAR response on a crowded day in the MMWD area, 6 Marin SAR members responded to a call for a hiker with an ankle injury. Marin SAR members assisted Ross Valley and Marin County Firefighters in splinting the patient’s ankle and performing a litter carryout. After the carryout, the patient declined further transport assistance, and Marin SAR members returned to PSAR operations.