Multi-Day Search Operation for Missing Hiker on Whitney Trail

One of the largest, longest, and most well-publicized missions in Inyo SAR’s recent history concluded on Friday June 20 with the recovery of the body of John Likely, a hiker who had gone missing on the Whitney Trail on June 14. See below for details:     June 16, 2014 Contact: Carma Roper, PIO (760) 878-0395 […]

Stranded Motorist “Somewhere Between Lone Pine and Independence”

On the afternoon of Monday June 2, 2014 Inyo County Sheriff’s Department was contacted regarding a stranded motorist somewhere between Lone Pine and Independence. The subject’s vehicle had become stuck on a dirt road, and the subject had walked a few miles until he could “see water and a large building,” at which point he […]

Rigging for Rescue

There is a certain cachet in the technical rescue. When many people think of Search and Rescue, the first image in their minds is an orange-shirted attendant guiding a litter down a steep rock face, innumerable pulleys and pieces of cord dangling from his harness. In reality, technical missions form a distinct minority of all SAR […]

2014 MRA Reaccreditation: Search and Tracking

Inyo SAR is a member of the Mountain Rescue Association (MRA.)  From their website at “The Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) was established in 1959 at Timberline Lodge at Mount Hood, Oregon making us the oldest Search and Rescue association in the United States. The MRA is an organization of teams dedicated to saving lives […]

Motorcycle breakdown strands rider near Deep Springs

On Sunday May 11, 2014, at about 10:30am, the Inyo County Sheriff dispatch was contacted by a reporting party (RP) from Eagle, Colorado.  The RP stated that he had been dirt biking with his two brothers when one brother’s bike broke down. The RP and the third brother rode out for help, arriving at Deep […]