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February 9, 2020

Lost Skier (Cambridge/Underhill, VT)

A male skier left Stowe Mountain Resort and inadvertently skied into Thunder Basin.

He thought he was south of Sunset Ridge and was working north, but he was actually north of the ridge, travelling into Thunder Basin.
His 911 coordinates were plotted and he was directed to ski downhill, hug the ridge and try to stay out of the drainage.

It was 1710, he did not have any lighting and his cell phone had minimal battery life.  He was instructed to put his phone in airplane mode, keep it warm and if was was unable to proceed due to darkness to call 911.

He made it out to 165 Deane Road in Underhill at ~1900, where his brother in-law picked him up.

No response required by SMR.

 

Team Members Responding
Veliko

Other Agencies Responding
VT State Police (Car 96)

Time of Event
1700 – 1900

Weather Conditions
Overcast, Calm / 25 deg F

 

 

 

 

February 3, 2020

Canine Rescue (Stowe, VT)

SMR was dispatched to assist a dog who had fallen into the Little River in Moscow and was trapped.
In this section of the Little River the banks are guarded by ice shelves, leaving a channel of open, moving water down the center of the river.  The dog wandered onto the ice shelf and fell into the icy water.  He was unable to climb back onto the ice shelf and was trapped in the river.
When SMR arrived, the river conditions were quickly evaluated.  The dog appeared extremely hypothermic — he was no longer shivering and was very lethargic, barely holding on to the ice shelf.  A rescue swimmer in a dry suite was immediately deployed.  The river depth was only about 1 meter simplifying the rescue.  The dog was extricated from the river and placed in a sleeping bag and carried up to SMR’s truck where the dog started shivering and rewarming.  Though the dog seemed to be recovering well, the owner wisely decided to take the dog to the veterinarian for evaluation.

 

Team Members Responding
Veliko, Eykelhoff, Ruschp, Burke, Clymer

Other Agencies Responding
Stowe Fire Department

Time of Event
1200 – 1300

Weather Conditions
Overcast, Calm / 30 deg F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 24, 2020

Injured Hiker (Stowe, VT)

Stowe EMS was activated for a female subject with an ankle injury about 200 M behind Mountain Haus Dr.  The subject was walking her dog, slipped and injured her ankle.
The subject was on a steep hillside about 200 M behind the Mt. Haus parking lot, based on the terrain SEMS requested assistance from SMR & SFD.
SEMS evaluated and treated the patient and SMR packaged the subject in a vacuum mattress and Stokes litter.  The patient was evacuated and transferred to SEMS ambulance without incident.

 

Team Members Responding
Veliko, Westervelt, McLean, Ruschp, Wehse, Raybould, Millick, Burke, Clymer

Other Agencies Responding
Stowe Fire Department
Stowe Rescue

Time of Event
1616 – 1715

Weather Conditions
Overcast, Calm / 35 deg F

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 19, 2020

Injured Snowboarder (Stowe Mountain Resort / Side-country)

SMR was requested by Mt. Mansfield Ski Patrol to assist with the report of a snowboarder with a leg injury on “Johnny’s Banana” (side country north of the resort) at ~2100′.
The subject was accessed from the Notch Road, his injury immobilized and packaged in a litter with a vacuum mattress.  The evacuation required 2 low angle lowering systems and was completed without incident.
The patient was transferred to Stowe Rescue for transportation to the hospital.

 

Team Members Responding
Veliko, Westervelt, McLean,  Wehse, Millick, Chegwidden, Clymer, Choularton

Other Agencies Responding
Mt. Mansfield Ski Patrol
Cambridge Fire Dept.
Stowe Rescue

Time of Event
1015 – 1315

Weather Conditions
Overcast, Calm / 15 deg F

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 10, 2020

Snowmobile Accident (VAST Trail / CottonBrook)

SMR was summoned to respond to a snowmobile accident on the VAST trail in the CottonBrook area, approximately 3 miles from the parking lot.  Initial information identified a 35 year-old female with a knee injury.

While en route, SMR was informed of a second subject may also have been injured in the accident.

An Advanced EMT from Stowe Rescue was transported to the accident scene prior to SMR arrival at the CottonBrook staging area.  SMR immediately prepped ATVs / boggan and Snowmobile and deployed with 5 team members.  At the scene, Stowe Rescue had assessed two patients.  SMR immediately transported one patient out on ATV to an awaiting ambulance.  SMR packaged the second patient in a litter with vacuum mattress and transported her out to a second ambulance in the ATV/Boggan..

After handing patients off to Stowe Rescue, SMR helped VSP access accident scene for an initial investigation and rope off area.

 

 

Team Members Responding
McLean, Ruschp, Wehse, Clymer, Choularton

Other Agencies Responding
Stowe Rescue
Stowe Police Dept.
VSP / Car 96
Morrisville Rescue

Time of Event
1030 – 1230

Weather Conditions
Overcast, Calm / 25 deg F

 

 

January 1, 2020

 

Canine Rescue (Bingham Falls – Mill Trail, Stowe, VT)

 

SMR requested to rescue a 12 year old female dog who had fallen into Bingham Falls.
Greta (canine) slipped off the edge of Upper Bingham Falls and fell ~25 feet into a pool below. The owner lost sight of her, hiked downstream and saw that she had gotten out of the water but was now stranded on a narrow ledge in the gorge.  Unable to access the dog, the owner called 911 for assistance.

SMR established two edge attendants positioned with ropes on either side of the gorge to assist with the rescue as required.  A rescuer in a dry suite was lowered into the gorge and outfitted Greta with a harness and attached her to his rope system.  A mechanical advantage system was established to raise Greta and the rescuer to the top of the gorge where Greta was reunited with her owner.  She was cold and shaken, but unharmed.

Team Members Responding
Veliko, Van Dyke, Westervelt, Wehse, Miller, Raybould, Millick, Clymer, Choularton, Chegwidden

Other Agencies Responding
None

Time of Event
0845 – 1145

Weather Conditions
Overcast, Calm / 20 deg F

 

January 1, 2020

 

Lost Snowboarder (Bruce Trail, Stowe, VT)

SMR responded to Ranch Valley for a snowboarder who left the resort boundaries and needed assistance.

 

A Stowe Mountain Resort snowboarder left the area boundaries starting down the Bruce Trail, alone and very late in the day.  He inadvertently turned onto the “Waterfall” pitch, then into the drainage just east of the “Waterfall”.  It was becoming dark and the subject was tracking his location with his phone, unfortunately this was draining his battery and by the time he called 911 for assistance his phone battery was down to 1%.
His coordinates were obtained and plotted, he was at an elevation of 2300′ and was instructed to continue down the drainage for ~100′ (in elevation) until it intersected with John’s Road and to wait there for rescue to arrive.
SMR set up Command / Staging at the Touring Center Parking Lot.  Two snow machines (1 from Stowe Mt Resort w/a member of MMSP) and a tracked ATV were deployed up the Bruce Trail to the “Easy Out” intersection.  From there the team hiked up “Easy Out” locating the subject at the drainage intersection.  The subject was in good condition and they hiked back down to the snow machines and ATV without incontinent, he was then taken down to the command post and driven to his vehicle.

Team Members Responding
Veliko, Westervelt, Speer, Eykelhoff, Wehse, Rogers, Millick, Clymer, Choularton

Other Agencies Responding
VT State Police SAR Coordinator
Mount Mansfield Ski Patrol
Stowe Police Dept.

Time of Event
1645 – 1945

Weather Conditions
Overcast, Calm / 20 deg

 

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