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La Plata County Search and Rescue

Man falls on Animas City Mountain, taken to Mercy

A man who had fallen at the north end of Animas City Mountain was taken by helicopter to Mercy Regional Medical Center around 4 p.m. Sunday. Butch Knowlton, director of La Plata County Search and...

DATE: May 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rock fall injures climbers northeast of Durango

Rock fall injured two women Saturday afternoon at the climbing area north of Lemon Reservoir, about 20 miles northeast of Durango. Tom Brueckner of La Plata County Search and Rescue said a rock...

DATE: April 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Missing Hermosa Creek hiker found safe in Durango

A search and rescue is operation for a lost hiker in the Hermosa Creek area, about 15 miles north of Durango, ended late Thursday when the man was found in town. La Plata County Search and Rescue...

DATE: March 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hunter rescued Friday night in Falls Creek area

A 46-year-old man was rescued Friday night in the Falls Creek area north of Durango. Ron Corkish with La Plata County Search and Rescue said they received a call about a stranded hunter shortly...

DATE: March 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rescue underway for hunter suffering medical emergency

Shortly after 8 p.m. Friday, La Plata County Search and Rescue members began preparing a high-angle, technical rescue of a hunter suffering a medical condition in the Falls Creek area north of...

DATE: March 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man recovering after 50-foot fall in Cascade Canyon

A 46-year-old Durango man injured in a climbing accident Saturday faces a long road to recovery. Andy Albosta was climbing with a partner in Cascade Canyon when he fell about 50 feet. He suffered...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Avalanche victim remembered as ultimate outdoorsman

A Durango man died in an avalanche Sunday between Silverton and Red Mountain Pass. The skier was identified as Abel Palmer, 27, according to the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office. According to his...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County search teams have greater tools to find missing hikers

Despite a half-dozen helicopter missions with state-of-the-art technology, and the first-ever implementation of a drone in a rescue mission in the county, it turns out all it took was a good...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Missing hiker identified; overnight attempts to find him unsuccessful

Overnight attempts to find a missing hiker, whose identity was released Tuesday morning, were unsuccessful, according to La Plata County Search and Rescue mission coordinator Ron Corkish. The...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Some fast-food cups, a sippy cup found – but no hiker

A couple of Sonic cups and a sippy cup believed to have been contained in a missing hiker’s backpack were located Monday, but the elusive 23-year-old man, whose name has not yet been released,...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rescuers search for man missing near Haviland Lake

About 10 people were searching Sunday night for a 23-year-old man who became separated from his party during a hike south of Haviland Lake a little before 5 p.m.. The man was dressed in a tank top...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man who fell rescued from La Plata Mountains

Rescue workers were able to reach a 76-year-old Durango man who fell and injured his head Monday in the La Plata Mountains west of Durango. Rescue workers received a distress signal about 10:35...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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