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La Plata County Search and Rescue

Man rescued from Purgatory Flats

A 50-year-old man was rescued Saturday evening at Purgatory Flats after a horse fell on him. He was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center by helicopter, said Butch Knowlton, director of La Plata...

DATE: July 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Body found near Bakers

La Plata County Search & Rescue on Saturday evening recovered a body believed to be that of a young man who drowned in late June in the Animas River. The body, believed to be that of Cody Shane...

DATE: July 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hermosa Trail hiker assisted by search-and-rescue

According to the emergency scanner, a rescue was requested about 4:45 p.m. Sunday for someone who was injured about three miles up Hermosa Creek Trail. Butch Knowlton, director of the La Plata...

DATE: July 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Helicopter training held near Hermosa Creek drainage area

La Plata County Search and Rescue volunteers practiced a helicopter mission Saturday morning over the Hermosa Creek drainage area. The helicopter, provided by TriState CareFlight, made about six...

DATE: July 11, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Family to hold service for son

Almost two weeks after their son drowned in the Upper Animas River, Cody Shane Pierce’s family is planning to say goodbye. Friends held a vigil Monday, and his family will hold a memorial service...

DATE: July 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

River search continues for man’s body

On Sunday, the fourth day of its search, La Plata County Search and Rescue was again unsuccessful in finding the body of a young man who drowned Thursday. “History tells us that the results of the...

DATE: July 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

So, what’s up with that helicopter?

Durangoans wondering about a helicopter flying low over town Monday night need wonder no more. “It was us,” said Dan Bender of the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office. “Every month, (La Plata County)...

DATE: June 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rescue cards for backcountry can save your wallet

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs is offering residents and visitors a pretty good deal: For a mere $3, anyone who participates in the state’s wide variety of outdoor activities can support...

DATE: June 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

River search continues for man’s body

On Sunday, the fourth day of its search, La Plata County Search and Rescue was again unsuccessful in finding the body of a young man who drowned Thursday. “History tells us that the results of the...

DATE: June 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Helicopter used in search of Animas

The search continued Friday for a 20-year-old man who went missing Thursday evening in the Animas River north of Tacoma. Crews in the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad helicopter searched...

DATE: June 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Six rafters unharmed after scary flip and swim

A raft carrying six rafters flipped on the Animas River just downstream from Smelter Rapid at about 4 p.m. Sunday. Emergency responders were called, but the rafters were uninjured and accounted...

DATE: June 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man safe after jumping from Bakers Bridge

A drunken man who jumped from Bakers Bridge was swept down the Animas River shortly before 11 a.m. Friday. The people he was with called 911 after he disappeared beneath the water for eight...

DATE: June 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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