SAR Staff, Hasty Team, SVU, and WCSAR staged at the turn-off to Moonrocks to search for two subjects that were stranded somewhere on the Winnemucca Ranch Rd., en route to the Fish Springs area. One of the subjects was fortunate enough to have enough reception to get a text message off before her phone died, giving the approximate location. Teams located the subjects in their stuck vehicle approximately 12.5 miles from staging. They were checked by a medic and transported back to staging.
SAR Staff, Hasty Team, SVU, and WCSAR responded to search for a stranded subject to the east of Dog Valley. 4×4 teams staged at Bordertown, and ATVs/UTVs started at the Verdi entrance to Dog Valley. Teams from both sides located the subject, guided by a cell phone ping, at the same time. The vehicle was left in the middle of the mud/ice bog and the subject was transported to the Bordertown staging to meet with his father.
SAR Staff, Hasty Team, SVU, and WCSAR responded to the N. Virginia entrance to Peavine to locate two subjects in a stuck 4×4 near the top of Peavine. SAR teams located the vehicle on the main road, in the same general location that vehicles historically get stuck when there is snow on the road in that area. The subjects were transported back to staging.
SAR Staff, Hasty Team, SVU, and WCSAR responded to the entrance to Sunridge Estates, just below the Reindeer Lodge to search for a lost snowboarder from the Mt. Rose Ski Resort. A 911 call from the subject generated a cell phone ping, but his phone died shortly after the call. 4×4 vehicles and a tracked ATV were used to transport back country foot teams to the end of Hibbits Trail Road, which put them approximately .9 of a mile from the subject’s location. The area is extremely difficult to traverse due to the steep grade of the area, thick manzanita, snow, and creek crossings. When the first team arrived at the location of the cell phone pings, no one was there, with no evidence of anyone being there. A call was put in for RAVEN to assist, but shortly after that, the subject was located at the Winter’s Creek Lodge. He had become tired of waiting for assistance, so he decided to hike back up hill to the ski resort (after he had been told to stay in place by dispatch). Ground teams were either brought out on the route they had gone in on, or went down a ridge line to Davis Creek Park.
SAR Staff, Hasty Team, SVU, and WCSAR responded to a staging location at Warriors Point on SR445 to search for two subjects that were stranded north of Pyramid Lake. The subjects had set off a SPOT device which gave precise coordinates of their location. SAR assets located the subjects approximately 23 miles from the staging location. They were cold, but medically fine. Since their vehicle was very nicely stuck in a washout, they were transported back to staging and given a ride to a motel in Reno.