Skot Covert, Kevin Sbanotto, Aaron
OCTOBER 22, 2008
Father and Son depart at 9:00 AM for a day long hike
in the Ozark Mountains. They only have enough
supplies (food and water) for 8 hours.
The hiking trail is designed for moderate hikers, it is
extremely rocky in some parts. The trail fluctuates
between wide and narrow.
A 50% chance of light/moderate showers are
forecasted for the day.
Forecasters predict a high of 50 degrees, and a low
of 41 degrees that night.
The father and son are expected to be back at 5 PM.
HIKERS ARE NOW OVERDUE.
At 7:00 PM the father and son still have not
arrived. At this time the mother becomes very
concerned and contacts the rangers station
to see if they have checked out.
Forest Ranger says no.
The mother contacts the proper authorities,
and the local SAR team is activated.
At what point should the mother become
Is she over reacting?
Who should she call?
She called the forest ranger, how would they
coordinate efforts with the SAR team?
SAR leaders interview the mother and find
out the following:
Son suffers from diabetes and only packed
enough insulin for one day.
The father and son are inexperienced
hikers, and are not familiar with the area.
With the current weather conditions (rain and
temperature), when would you deploy your
Must keep in mind the safety of SAR members.
Does the health conditions of the son
increase the urgency?
SEARCH BEGINS – 10:00 PM
SAR teams deploy dogs, ATV teams, and
walking teams to canvas the area.
At 11:23, heavy rain begins, eliminating the
use of search dogs…Also creating slippery
rocks, creating a high risk for walking teams.
With the high danger to the walking teams
due to the slippery rocks:
Do you call in the teams for their safety?
Continue the search?
Call off the ground search and only use mobile
searchers (ATV’s etc.)