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Rescue 1 provides a Critical Lifeline to a Stranded Family


On January 14, 2016, at approximately 6PM, a Dewey woman called for help after she and three family members became stuck in deep snow south east of Walker in the Prescott National Forest. They had been camping and hunting in the area prior to the last storm and were now out of food. Their truck became stuck while attempting to leave and access to a detached camping trailer in the area was not possible.

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Verde Valley Man Located


On December 10, 2015, at about 9:30 PM, the Sheriff’s Office was called to help find a 19-year-old Manuel Ortega after he got lost in the dark somewhere between the communities of Cottonwood and Sedona. Ortega was scheduled to get picked up at his home, located on Bill Gray Road inside the Coconino National Forest, by a family member to go to work. When the family member called to say they were running late, Ortega stated he would start walking toward Hwy 89A and wait for the ride.

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Friday the 13th Rescue – Our busy volunteers to the Rescue again


A scary evening ended happily for two women, lost in the Granite Mountain Basin, who were rescued Friday evening. The 74 and 50 year-old women, both from Prescott Valley, started their hike Friday morning and were reported overdue by family members Friday night. Their hiking destination was known as only Mingus Mountain or Granite Mountain.

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Search team locates missing elderly Cottonwood man (with video)


Eugene Albert Campbell was located at about 1:50 p.m. in a wash about a quarter-mile mile from his home in very rugged terrain by a Yavapai County Search and Rescue K-9 Team. Mr. Campbell was found to be alert and responsive. He was transported to Verde Valley Medical Center for further evaluation.

The 80-year-old Cottonwood man was last seen at 7 p.m. Friday at 2050 W. State Route 89A in Cottonwood.

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Read about SAR in Iceland


A great article about our comrades-in-arms in Iceland:
New Yorker "Life is Rescues"

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YSCO Rescue Volunteers continue to Risk their lives to Save Others


YCSO cannot thank enough the search and rescue volunteers who continually provide live saving solutions to anyone who has needed help in the many wilderness rescues over the last few weeks. It is hoped the ongoing publicity regarding incidents like these will cause those intending on venturing into the wilderness to PLAN, PREPARE, and avoid exceeding your abilities/experience. Below are just 2 examples from many recent rescues.


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Jerold Joseph Williams Found Deceased


Jacob Lake, Arizona –The body of missing 5 year old Jerold Joseph Williams was found on August 10, 2015 around 4:30 pm by a group of volunteer searchers from Colorado City. The group was driving along Forest Service Road 240 when some boys who were in the back of the pickup saw the body of Jerold on the ground around 15-20 feet off the road. Jerold’s body was found approximately 3.7 miles point-to-point from the place Jerold was last seen. However, by road it was approximately 8.6 miles from the place he was last seen.

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Missing girl found safe: Emergency personnel, volunteers comb national forest for 17 hours


Scott Orr

The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT- A 14-year-old girl who was reported missing at Lynx Lake Thursday evening, June 4, spent the night in the surrounding national forest before she was found unharmed Friday at about 1 p.m.

Kadence Swift was camping with her adoptive family, who had come to the Prescott area from Phoenix on Tuesday. She was last seen Thursday playing on some rocks along the south shore of the lake. When her mother could not find her after two hours of looking, she called the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

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YCSRT's wilderness/hiking safety outreach underway



Special to the Courier

The wonderful volunteers from the Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team, whose membership has been instrumental in the success of so many rescue operations, have embarked on a community outreach campaign. 

The focus of this educational program involves wilderness safety and the critical components necessary to survive if lost or stranded. Much of the target audience will be youth throughout Yavapai County as part of the "Hug a tree... and Survive" program which is a nationally recognized wilderness safety course. 

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Hiker Dies after Fall


PRELIMINARY INFORMATION - Just before 6 PM on March 11, 2015, YCSO deputies were dispatched to an incident involving an injured hiker located 5 miles up from the Bull Pen camping area along West Clear Creek, east of Camp Verde in Yavapai County. The subject has been identified as 22-year-old Rhishav Choudhury whose home country is India. Initial reports from those who knew Rhishav indicated he had wandered away by himself from a group and apparently fell an estimated 100’ from a rocky area adjacent to a trail. The group consisted of students from a college in Ohio.

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