La Plata County Search and Rescue

Climber suffers critical injuries in fall at Transfer Park

A 19-year-old man was flown to Albuquerque Saturday night with critical injuries after falling 65 feet while free climbing at the Transfer Park north of Lemon Reservoir. Upper Pine River Fire...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Camper rescued from backcountry near Lemon Reservoir

A man experiencing medical complications, possibly high-altitude sickness, was rescued by helicopter Monday evening near Lemon Reservoir. The outfitter set up camp in the Young’s Canyon area, on...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Injured hiker rescued north of Vallecito Reservoir

Workers successfully rescued a 47-year-old man who was injured Monday while hiking in the Weminuche Wilderness. A Mesa Verde National Park Service Helitack crew transported the man a short...

DATE: July 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man dies after fall on Animas City Mountain

A Durango man died Monday after falling from a ledge at the north end of Animas City Mountain. Phillip Clark, 31, and a friend were hiking Sunday when they stopped at the end of a trail to take...

DATE: May 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

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