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Search & Rescue Press Release

Incident Reported:         Assist Yakama Nation / Search & Rescue Mission

Incident Number:           11C19936

Date / Time:                   12-29-2011, @ 0800 Hrs

Location:                        Yakima Reservation

Contact person:              Sgt. George Town                   Phone: 574-2535


On 12-29-2011 at 0800 hrs.  Yakima Sheriff’s Search & Rescue was requested to assist the Yakama Nation with a search for two of its members that were missing. The 2 subjects had departed their residence in the early morning hours of Tuesday to go hunting.  They were to return later that night. 

By 10 PM they had not returned and the Nation Police started a search.
The search continued into Wednesday with an expanded search teams from, Yakama Nation Fire Management, Silvi Culture, Wild Life, and Fish & Game.

The search area started near the south border of the reservation near Klickitat County.
Teams searched through Wednesday and into the night with no luck.

On Thursday morning the Subjects cell phone was “Pinged.”  A GPS location was obtained.   The phone was last used on Tuesday morning in the Satus area.
The new search area then was moved to that location. 

Search & Rescue set up the Mobile Command Post at the end of Plank rd. with an Ambulance from White Swan Standing-by.
An aircraft was requested from Washing State Patrol, which came in from Spokane, and assisted in the Search.

The air craft searched a large area reaching from the Satus towards the summit south, then east to Mabton.  After an hour and half of Searching in 50 -60 MPH winds aloft.  The weather was getting worse so the air craft was called off.  A short time later Klickitat County received a cell call from the missing subjects.  They were ok, but out of gas.  Their GPS coordinates were obtained.  Tribal rescue units had to use “Quads” to reach them, as they were in the closed area of the reservation on some very muddy roads, approximately 20-30 miles south of Toppenish. 

The Subjects ages 27 & 35 were in good condition, and reunited with their families.

George Town
Search & Rescue Coordinator



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