Search and Rescue responds to four cases |

Search and Rescue responds to four cases

Aaron Osowski, The Park Record

Summit County Search and Rescue (SAR) had its hands full this past weekend, responding to four different calls involving six people from Thursday, July 18, to Saturday, July 20. All six individuals were found in good condition.

Friday, July 19, a Boy Scout was reported missing after he had gone off hiking by himself in the Uintas. According to a report provided by Summit County Detective Sergeant Ron Bridge, Search and Rescue responded to the call after the boy’s father and others claimed they had not seen or heard from him. Later that night, the boy hiked back up to the trailhead where his father and group were waiting for him.

Then, on Saturday two Boy Scouts, 14 and 15, both from Centerville were lost. The case was reported at 2:15 a.m. on Saturday, July 20. According to Summit County Sheriff’s Capt. Justin Martinez, the two boys were said to have hiked Kings Peak with others from their group. The boys were ahead of the group on the return from the peak, but when they came to a fork in the trail they took the fork for Painter’s Basin instead of Gunsight Pass. The boys hiked until they realized that they had taken the wrong fork, then decided to sleep for the night before returning to their camp at Sawmill Lake. One of the SAR teams picked them up on the trail. The 15-year-old boy had suffered a sprained ankle.

Another case was reported at 10:15 a.m. on July 20 while SAR was conducting search operations for the previous case. According to Capt. Martinez, a father, 41, and his son, 14, were with a Boy Scout group that had hiked to Kings Peak from their camp at Bear Lake. The father had injured his knee and the two fell behind the group while hiking. The father could not find his way back to the camp and the two wandered the entire night. They had contacted other camps and hikers and asked for directions. They were given a headlamp and food but continued to search for their camp instead of staying with those they made contact with. The father and son were later found by two individuals from their group as well as a SAR team that was on the trail.

The first case involved Pierre Pond, 51, of Palmer Lake, Colorado, who on Thursday, July 18, went missing while hiking near Kings Peak by the Henry’s Fork Trailhead. He had been hiking with his brother and had disappeared after hiking ahead. SAR was dispatched and Pond was found later that night in good condition near Kings Peak.

According to Summit County Capt. Justin Martinez, all individuals involved in the searches were checked in by Uinta County, Wyoming, and were cleared medically. Lifeflight inserted teams into the search areas and also conducted aerial searches. Duchesne County also collaborated in the search efforts. The Summit County Sheriff’s Office was unable to provide the names for the weekend cases.

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