Saguache Search and Rescue Assist Ill-Prepared Hiker
On January 24, the Saguache County Search & Rescue (SAGSAR) was called out to assist a local man who had gone for a hike with a friend up Cottonwood Creek. He got stuck several hundred feet up a steep icy incline.
According to Saguache County Deputy Wayne Clark who assisted in the rescue, the SCSR team of Dan Wheeler and Paul Grice did a great job climbing up in the dark and lowering the man to safety. No one was injured in the rescue.
“The man had neither the clothes nor supplies for a winter hike,” stated Deputy Clark, as recorded on the SCSR Facebook Page.
The hiker also did not have his Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search & Rescue Card (CORSAR) which helps pay the astronomical cost of search and rescue missions.
Please sign up to get your CORSAR Card, even if you are just going for a hike. Many of the costs incurred by volunteer SAR teams during missions are covered by the funds raised by the sale of the card. If you don’t have a card, those costs may be your responsibility. The CORSAR Card is very affordable and is available for $3 for a one-year card and $12 for a five-year card. Click HERE to get yours today!
Saguache County Search & Rescue (SAGSAR) is part of the Saguache County Sheriff’s Department. According to the team’s website, SAGSAR performs wilderness search and rescue operations mainly in the Northern Sangre De Cristo Mountain Range. They are dispatched out of the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office with an average of 10 calls a year, lasting up to 48-72 hours. The team finds it a very challenging and rewarding experience.
SAGSAR is a volunteer crew that does not charge for search and rescue missions. You can help save lives and defray the costs of operations by making a tax deductible donation.
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