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Avalanche in Turkey wipes out rescue team; 38 dead overall

An avalanche slammed into a mountain road in eastern Turkey on Wednesday, wiping out a huge team of rescue workers sent to find people missing in an earlier avalanche. Officials …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020

Lost in the wilds? Even best tech may not help

We may live in an age of modern technology and hyperconnectivity, but it’s still remarkably easy for people to become lost in the great outdoors.


Spokane mother finally finds closure 32 years after her hang-gliding son disappeared

David Partlow has been missing since he took off from the top of a Montana mountain piloting a hang glider in 1987. While he was presumed dead after an intensive …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 16, 2019

Search for missing Colville pilot ends with discovery of body

The search for a missing Colville pilot and his plane has been concluded after a local resident discovered the body of the pilot in Sullivan Lake on Saturday, Nov. 16.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 13, 2019

Search narrows for Colville pilot missing since Monday

The search for a Colville pilot who went missing Monday after what was expected to be a one-hour flight continued into Wednesday afternoon as crews grappled with poor weather conditions …


Light rain falling in Northern California could hurt search effort

Light rain falling Wednesday in some areas of Northern California could aid crews fighting a deadly wildfire while raising the risk of flash floods and complicating efforts to recover the …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 13, 2018

Searches intensify after body is found in Michael’s wake

Rescuers intensified efforts Saturday to find survivors who might be trapped amid the ruins of a small Florida Panhandle community nearly obliterated by Hurricane Michael, where one body has already …


Searchers locate missing elk hunter

A Search and Rescue team has located the body of a missing Vancouver, Washington, elk hunter, who went missing earlier this month in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.


Rich Landers: Rescuers will gladly save family third time if needed

A rescue call from the Great Outdoors will prompt some people to ask, “How can we help?” or at least “How are you doing?” Others focus on, “How much will …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017

Helicopter rescues injured Spokane hikers from Montana ridge after mountain goats cause rockfall

A band of mountain goats dropped a hint on Sunday for a Spokane family to give up a lofty hiking goal in Montana. “The rockfall was a coup de grace …


Skier missing after falling through a snow bridge

A skier is missing after falling through a snow bridge into Pebble Creek in Mount Rainier National Park.


Crews searching for man who fell in Snake River

Search crews say they are still searching for a 42-year-old man who reportedly fell out of a boat and into the Snake River over the weekend.


Hiker rescued from canyon in southern Idaho

Officials say a hiker has been rescued from the Snake River Canyon in south-central Idaho.


Search and rescue volunteers make commitment to community

It’s not enough that a search and rescue (SAR) team knows how to look for people in the wild. The team members also must be able to look out for …


UPDATED: Mon., March 27, 2017

Super pooches: Volunteers train canines for search and rescue

In collaboration with two instructors from Ravalli County Search and Rescue in Hamilton, Montana, about 16 volunteers took lessons on first aid, restraining techniques for other animals, and how to …


Lost Columbia Gorge hiker found in good condition

Rescuers have found a 29-year-old man who became lost while hiking in the Columbia River Gorge.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 18, 2017

Missing Oregon couple found safe by Kootenai County search and rescue

An Oregon couple reported missing near Coeur d’Alene Friday evening was found unharmed but stuck in the snow Saturday morning by the Kootenai Count Sheriff’s Office search and rescue team.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 14, 2017

Coast Guard calls off search for 6 fishermen on crab boat

The search has been called off for the six veteran fishermen aboard a crabbing boat missing in the icy, turbulent Bering Sea.


Crews search for man buried in trash, dirt at landfill

Crews are searching for a Pennsylvania landfill worker who was buried when a mound of garbage and dirt slid down onto him.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017

Kayaker’s body found recovered off Kitsap Peninsula

Searchers have recovered the body of a Kitsap County businessman who went missing during a kayak trip off the Kitsap Peninsula.


Search ends for Georgia toddler reported missing after storm

An emergency official in southwest Georgia says crews have ended their search for a 2-year-old boy reported missing after a tornado struck his parents’ mobile home last weekend.


Cascades ski patrol has been rescuing people since 1970s

About a decade ago in British Columbia, on Dylan Currie’s very first day of backcountry skiing, another group of skiers set off an avalanche from above that partially buried one …


Toll from Italy avalanche climbs to 15 as hopes diminish

Hopes were fading on Tuesday that any more survivors would be found from a devastating avalanche, as the death toll climbed to 15 and rescue crews were hit with another …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 21, 2017

Search intensifies for 23 missing in Italian avalanche

Emergency crews pulled out four more survivors from the rubble of a hotel crushed by an avalanche and were searching Saturday for more as family members awaited word if their …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 20, 2017

‘Miracle underway’: Rescuers pull out avalanche survivors

With cheers of joy, rescue crews pulled survivors from the debris of an avalanche-crushed hotel in central Italy on Friday, an incredible discovery that boosted spirits two days after the …


Rescuers search for 30 after avalanche hits Italian hotel

Rescue workers on skis reached a four-star spa hotel buried by an avalanche in earthquake-stricken central Italy Thursday, reporting no signs of life as they searched for around 30 people …


Search resumes for father, toddler swept into ocean by wave

The Coast Guard says it has resumed a search for a father and his young son after a wave swept them to sea from an Oregon beach.Coast Guard Petty Officer …


Search continues, man believed missing in Yellowstone River

Stillwater County officials planned to continue a search Thursday for a man believed missing in the Yellowstone River near Columbus.


Skier missing overnight at Crystal Mountain found safe

An avid skier who was missing overnight at Crystal Mountain Resort was found safe Monday after he managed to make his way to a closed section of highway and texted …


Kootenai County deputies rescue four people stranded in backcountry

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office is urging people to use caution when traveling in backcountry areas after rescuing four people who were stuck and lost for 12 hours Saturday.