Marin County Sheriff's Office
Search & Rescue

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Novato search 2/10/2024

Marin SAR was requested to search for a 28-year-old female who had left a Residential Treatment Facility in Novato, prompting concerns due to her mental health issues. Despite being resource-impacted from a previous Mutual Aid response, MSAR assembled a team and deployed into the area where. Mutual aid resources were also called in to assist, including ground teams and cadaver dogs. Subsequently, a call reporting someone stuck in a nearby marsh led to the rescue of the missing person by CHP helicopter, search teams were recalled, and all resources were released.

Lake County Mutual Aid 2/10/2024

44 Marin SAR members responded to Lake County in search of a MP who left his home after getting into a physical altercation with a family member. Despite initial reluctance to initiate a search due to the MP being missing voluntarily, efforts were later mobilized, involving over 90 personnel including law enforcement, K-9 teams, helicopters, and UAVs. Clues, including two bed sheets and bibles matching those potentially owned by the MP, were found about a mile from his residence in rugged, burned terrain. Extensive searches yielded no further clues, prompting a pause in search efforts as further investigation was deemed necessary by Lake County deputies.

Trail Rescue - Cataract 1/21/2024

Twelve Marin SAR members responded to a trail rescue request by Marin County Fire on the Cataract trail. Initially reported as an unconscious fall victim, the subject was found conscious but disoriented by bystanders who had pulled him from the creek, where he was found face down and unconscious. Paramedics arrived to find the patient improving but requiring a litter carryout. The patient was then transported to MGH. Several SAR members were deployed for PSAR duties in response to heightened trail activity.

Missing Kayaker Tomales Bay 1/14/2024

Marin County Fire received a report of a missing kayaker, prompting a multiple agency search effort. The incident was eventually handed over to the U.S. Coast Guard, who conducted extensive searches based on cell phone forensics indicating the kayaker’s last known location. The Subject was found safe, having experienced a misunderstanding regarding his return time.

Del Norte mushroom picker 1/8/2024

Marin SAR received a mutual aid request from Del Norte County to locate a 72-year-old female who disappeared on January 4th while mushroom picking in a remote area northeast of Crescent City. Previous search efforts revealed her rain gear, cell phone, and vehicle on a fire road, and her backpack was found near dense vegetation. 10 Marin SAR members responded. During search efforts, members encountered challenging conditions and terrain. The following day, OP5, Marin SAR deployed with rappel gear. Despite challenging conditions, Marin SAR teams completed assignments without finding any clues.