La Plata County Search and Rescue

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

Injured mountain biker helped along Colorado Trail

La Plata County Search and Rescue deployed teams to the Colorado Trail toward an area known as High Point in response to a 911 call that came in about 3:30 p.m. Sunday. County Director of Emergency...

DATE: April 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Search & Rescue saving fisherman

La Plata County Search & Rescue spent the late afternoon of Good Friday rescuing a fisherman near Hermosa Creek. “He went down and fished, then it sounds like he got rim-rocked,” said Butch...

DATE: April 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Eye in the sky’

When it comes to avalanches, Colorado has the nation’s highest fatality rate, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Buried victims have a 92 percent survival rate if found within...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Helicopter to search for avalanche beacons

If you see a helicopter making passes over the Animas Valley starting about 10 a.m. Saturday, it isn’t anything to worry about, Butch Knowlton, director of emergency services for La Plata County,...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hiker found in Hermosa drainage

About 14 members of La Plata County Search & Rescue began searching for a lost hiker Friday night after getting a 911 call about 4:45 p.m. By 8:30 p.m., they had found him and were bringing him...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Falling horse injures hunter

A 70-year-old man who’s chest was injured when his horse fell on top of him while hunting on Missionary Ridge was flown to Mercy Regional Medical Center on Saturday. Despite approaching inclement...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mountain biker rescued after fall

A 40-year-old woman fell 60 feet down an embankment before grabbing hold of a tree on a ledge Tuesday while mountain biking west of Durango on the Colorado Trail. Butch Knowlton, director of La...

DATE: June 17, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two Durango climbers return safely

Two Durango men who were expected to return Monday to the Pine River Valley trailhead made a delayed arrival around midnight this morning. The men were climbing through the Pine River Trail System,...

DATE: June 10, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

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