Four Search and Rescue Missions in Two Days
Source: Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue (SBCSAR)
Multiple callouts for SBCSAR has kicked off a busy holiday weekend, Friday afternoon the team responded to a missing Project Lifesaver client near Westmont College. Luckily the client was found safely by deputies on patrol in the area just before teams arrived with specialized tracking equipment to locate the client. While clearing this call, team members were requested to aid in the rescue of a missing person whom had been located in a ravine off East Mountain Drive. This subject had been missing for several days, public help had been sought to assist in locating the individual and associated vehicle and luckily been found alive but injured. Team members arrived and assisted deputies on scene, Montecito Fire and AMR extract the subject out of the ravine and into the ambulance. The subject was assessed by AMR and transported to Cottage Hospital for treatment of injuries.
Just after 3pm on Saturday afternoon, SBCSAR responded with SB County Fire Station 15, AMR and SB County Air Support Copter 3 to reports of a subject with heat exhaustion. Two hikers had set out and become exhausted in the heat of the day in the 7 Falls area of Mission Canyon and called when one of the two were showing signs of needing medical assistance. Teams hiked up to the location, based on where the subjects were, SAR determined that proceeding from the Seven Falls trail up would be the most efficient route. Just as the initial SAR ground team was above 7 Falls, Copter 3 was able to locate the subjects and began insertion of medics and evaluated the two subjects. It was determined that hoisting the two subjects out would be best based on condition, once hoisted the subjects were flown to SB Airport to be evaluated by AMR. SAR ground teams were on standby during the hoist of the subjects should a second option be needed.
As Teams hiked out from the 7 Falls area, SBCSAR was dispatched to an injured hiker at the Gaviota Wind Caves. The hiker had injured their ankle and a trail carry out was initiated. SAR responded with SB County Fire Station 38 and AMR and assisted with the carry out. The hiker was evaluated by AMR at the trailhead.
SBCSAR would like to remind those out hiking to hike within ones limits, take the essentials (water, food, clothing and communication device) and to also hike in the cooler hours of the day (early morning/late afternoon).
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