On Saturday June 28, 2014, at about 7:20PM, Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding an injured hiker on Palisade Glacier (above Big Pine in the Sierra Mountain range). According to the reporting party, Jay Underwood a 32-year old man from Palo Alto, California, had sustained a blow to his knee by a boulder and could not walk due to severe pain. The reporting party further explained that he and Underwood had been camping at Sam Mack Meadows; the morning of the 28th they left camp to climb the Palisade Glacier via the U-Notch route. After successfully climbing to the top of U-Notch, they began their descent. Not long into the descent they heard the sound of boulders falling – Underwood looked up and saw a “watermelon” sized boulder heading in his direction. Underwood attempted to move out of the way but was struck on his left knee by the boulder. The pain was too intense for Underwood to walk back to camp. Underwood’s hiking partner contacted the Sheriff’s Office via cellular phone, and advised that he would bring warm clothes and a sleeping bag to Underwood’s location until search teams could assist the next morning.
On Sunday June 29th at about 6:45AM, 8 Inyo County SAR members started up the North Fork Trail to provide assistance to Underwood until air support arrived. By 9:30AM Underwood was loaded into US Forest Service helicopter 525 and transported to the Bishop Airport where he was met by Symons Ambulance Service to further transport him to Northern Inyo Hospital for treatment. A big “thank you” goes out to Inyo County SAR and US Forest Service 525 for your help and quick response!
On Sunday June 1st, 2014, at about 10:00pm the Inyo County Sheriff’ Office was notified of a bear in the roadway on West Line Street across from the DMV. Shortly after deputies arrived the bear disappeared into thick brush. By 11:00pm the bear reappeared, only this time reports were indicating that the bear was rummaging through trash in the Snow Circle area of Bishop. Sheriff’s Deputies and Tribal Police located the bear in the middle of a residential driveway eating trash. Once spotted the bear ran off into a field east of Longview Street.
According to California Department of Fish and Game bears may be a common occurrence in residential areas this summer due to a lack of food and water in the mountains. It is important to remember that feeding wildlife is detrimental to the animal – once conditioned to human sources of food bears will seek them out creating increased safety concerns for people. For information on bear-proofing your residence please visit Department of Fish and Game’s “Keep me Wild” webpage at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/keepmewild/bear.html.
On May 15th through the 21st, 11 members of the Inyo County volunteer Search and Rescue (SAR) team participated in 7-day technical rope-work training provided by Rigging for Rescue, of Ouray, CO. The training was a combination of classroom learning, and field exercises. Some of the classroom topics included sessions on the forces involved with rescue loads, methods for calculating forces in a system, and observing videos and examining results of drop tests performed on different materials and equipment, and various rescue techniques. Curriculum for the field sessions included personal on-rope skills, litter lowering and raising techniques, pulley systems, belay systems, and guide/highline systems. The purpose of the training was to train current volunteers in the most advanced techniques used in high angle rescues activities. Individuals at the rope-work seminar will lead trainings in the techniques for the remainder of the SAR group.
On Sunday May 18, 2014, at about 8:40pm, Inyo County dispatch received a call regarding a missing hiker on Mt. Whitney. The missing hiker, 57 year old Los Angeles man William Tseng, had not been seen since noon that day.
After interviewing William’s brother, Robert Tseng, it was determined that Robert, William, and two others left the Mt. Whitney trailhead at about 2:00am to day hike to Mt. Whitney. After about ten hours of hiking, William became tired and stopped at Trail Camp to rest and adjust his crampons while the rest of the group continued on. The hiking group completed their hike and began the descent down the trail – at no point did anyone see William. Once back at the Whitney Portal parking lot, the hikers became even more concerned when William was not at the vehicle. The three hikers spoke with several people coming off the trail to try and determine if anyone had seen William.
On Monday May 19, 2014, at about 5:30am, five Inyo County Search and Rescue (SAR) team members drove to Mt. Whitney to start the search for William. By 8:00am, the SAR team located William walking down the trail towards Whitney Portal. William was in good health and uninjured; he was escorted to Whitney Portal where he was reunited with his family.
Thank you Inyo County SAR for your response and hard work!
On Monday, May 12th, 2014 we were visited by the Wounded Warriors from the Long Beach Veterans Hospital. The Warriors belong to a special group called, “Project Healing Waters, Fly Fishing, Inc.,” which is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings.
The Warriors were welcomed with a dinner at the VFW building in Bishop, CA catered by Olga Rojas and her famous pork burritos. Dessert was a patriotic flag cake, shown below, by Christian Ray.
The Warriors spent the next three days fly fishing and recreating in the Eastern Sierra before returning home. A big “THANK YOU” to Project Healing Waters, Olga Rojas, Christian Ray and everyone else who helped out!
Just a quick heads up: The Veteran Service MONO Outreach Program will be observed Thursday, MAY 22, 2014; please schedule your appointment by Wednesday, May 21st. The Veteran Service S. INYO Outreach Program will be observed Thursday, MAY 29, 2014 at Department of Social Services (behind Southern Inyo Hospital); please schedule your appointment by Wednesday, May 28th. All appointments can be made by calling 760-873-7850. Also, there is a newly formed PTSD support group in Bishop. Check out the flyer for more information: ptsd group
On Sunday May 11, 2014, at about 10:30am, the Inyo County Sheriff dispatch was contacted by Michael Bradshaw (71 from Eagle, CO.). Michael said his brother, Steven Bradshaw (62 from Los Angeles), was in a ravine in Wyman Canyon and could not get out. Michael was concerned that his brother was exhausted and becoming increasingly dehydrated. By 1:00pm 9 members of Inyo County Search and Rescue (SAR) team arrived at Deep Springs College to meet up with Michael, where he was waiting. Shortly after, the Inyo County SAR team headed up Wyman Canyon to locate Steven.
At about 2:45pm, 2 Inyo County deputies arrived at Wyman Canyon with OHV’s to assist in the search for Steven. After driving approximately 15 miles, the deputies met up with members of the SAR team. The deputies were told that 6 SAR members were ascending a narrow canyon in an attempt to locate Steven. Shortly after the deputies started up the narrow canyon with the OHVs a SAR team member advised that they located Steven and he was uninjured and in good health.
Two anonymous subjects, who were in the area on OHVs, gave Steven a ride down the canyon to the deputy’s location. Steven said he was riding his motorcycle down a ravine when his motorcycle stopped running due to mechanical problems. Steven said he was unable to get his motorcycle started and had to stay the night. Steven was driven back to Deep Springs College where he was reunited with Michael.
Thank you to the Inyo County SAR team for your quick response!
Inyo County Narcotic Enforcement Team members participate in short-haul helicopter training in the San Louis Obispo area May 1st and 2nd. Participants also included local agencies within California as well as federal agencies. The short-haul method is the safest and fastest way for law enforcement to enter and exit rural mountainous terrain during marijuana eradication and reclamation missions. For more photos – check out our Facebook page!