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Daring Rescue to Save Injured Man

May
16

On May 13, 2017, just before 8 PM, YCSO dispatchers received a call from the sister of a 34-year-old Phoenix man. She reported that her brother was 2 hours overdue from a hike in the Sycamore Canyon wilderness north of Clarkdale. The overdue hiker left his Phoenix home early that morning intending to access Sycamore Canyon by way of the Parsons Spring Trail. Fortunately, he left a hand drawn map with instructions to family members to call for help if he had not contacted them by 6 PM that night.

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Recent Rescues Overview 

May
03

As seems typical lately, our wonderful and dedicated Search and Rescue Volunteers were kept extremelty busy this past Saturday with rescue calls. Sheriff Mascher thanks each and everyone of those involved in these incidents. 

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Unprepared Hiker Airlifted to Safety

Apr
26

The original call occurred April 24, 2017, just before 2 PM. The comments above are a synopsis from call notes by Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers logged during a phone call from a 26-year-old female requesting help. A Sheriff’s Forest Patrol Deputy began coordinating the rescue. After some time passed due to attempts to gather accurate cell phone GPS coordinates, it was determined the stranded hiker was located on high ground in a remote area north/west of Devil’s Bridge, Sedona.

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How to prepare for the worst, 7 tips to stay out of trouble

Mar
15

With the coming of warmer weather, people are once again heading outdoors.

But every summer, the volunteers of the Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team (YCSRT) are called to find and bring out injured and lost hikers, bikers and other people.

Many hikers get into trouble when they lose track of the time.

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Swift Water Team to the Rescue

Mar
13

 On March 11, 2017, at approximately 1:30PM, YCSO deputies were dispatched to a section of the Verde River near Highway 260 at the end of Beaver Drive, Camp Verde, regarding a stranded kayaker. The reporting party indicated the kayaker, a 36-year-old woman from Glendale, was stuck on a rock in the middle of the river as her kayak filled with water. She reportedly could not feel her legs. Although wearing a vest, she wisely remained stationary awaiting rescue personnel while people on shore maintained visual contact and updated the YCSO dispatch center.

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One person dead after attempting creek crossing

Mar
02

RIMROCK – The man who lost his life Tuesday morning while attempting to drive through a flooded road along Beaver Creek has been identified as Robert Kind, 59, from Cottonwood.

The incident remains under review, said Dwight D’Evelyn, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office media relations coordinator, and further details will be released when available.

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Hiker rescued north of Watson Lake

Feb
26

Hiker rescued north of Watson Lake
Prescott Fire and members of the Yavapai County Back Country Search and Rescue team bring an injured hiker out via the Flume Trail north of Watson Lake Saturday, February 25. The victim was transported via Lifeline Ambulance to Yavapai Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
(Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier)

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UPDATE: Missing Prescott Valley man found safe

Oct
15

UPDATE: A man with dementia, who was reported as missing and endangered, is safe after an extensive search in Prescott Valley.

David Paiva, 66, was found Saturday afternoon on Antelope Meadows Drive.

Police answered a call of a man appearing confused and were able to identify him as the subject of the search and rescue operation ongoing since earlier in the morning.

Paiva appeared to be disoriented and in need of medical attention, according to a Prescott Valley Police announcement.

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Kayaker rescued from Verde River

Sep
28

NEAR CAMP VERDE – A novice kayaker, thrown from her boat, was rescued from the Verde River Sunday, Sept. 25, thanks to a family member who called for help when she didn’t show up at her pick-up point.

The kayaker, a 46-year-old woman, had little experience and didn’t know the river well, Yavapai County Sheriff’s spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said.

She planned to put it upstream of the West Clear Creek intersection and would travel to Beasley Flats, where family members would pick her up.

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Missing 70 Year-Old Linda Schleizer Found Deceased

Aug
03

The search for a missing Ash Fork woman with Alzheimer's disease came to a tragic end over the weekend.

Searchers with Yavapai County Sheriff's Search and Rescue were conducting a follow-up search for Linda Schleizer, 70, when they found her body in the Juniperwood Ranch area west of Ash Fork at about 9 a.m. Saturday. Her remains were located approximately 0.75 miles east of the residence under a juniper tree in a shallow wash area.

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