[cifnmedia] Missing man uses Text messaging to get help

  • From: Sean & Kimberly Aaron <cifn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: CIFN LIST <cifnmedia@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2004 23:46:45 -0800 (PST)

This was forwarded by Jeff Newton of Oregon Firepage.

February 4, 2004 

Crews rescue survival trekker
Marine reservist became snowbound near Dutchman Peak over the weekend
Mail Tribune
Early Tuesday morning, search crews rescued a Marine reservist trapped while 
trekking alone in the Siskiyous over the weekend.

Searchers reached Bryan Glenn Guiney, 21, who was camped about 11 miles east of 
Applegate Lake just southeast of Dutchman Peak, about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, 
Jackson County sheriff’s Capt. Joe Puckett said. 

Searchers from Jackson and Josephine county sheriff’s departments, U.S. 
Forest Service, Applegate Fire District No. 9 and Rogue Snowmobilers had spent 
nearly 18 hours pushing through deep snow to find Guiney. He called for help 
Monday morning when he ran out of food, Puckett said.

Guiney, who had recently moved to Medford from Ventura County, Calif., had gone 
on a winter survival training mission with his Marine Reserve unit, then wanted 
to practice the skills on his own, Puckett said.

On Friday, Guiney had a friend drop him off in the Applegate area. He planned 
to hike to Dutchman Peak and Mount Ashland, then head down through Bull Gap to 
reach the city of Ashland, Puckett reported.

Guiney camped Friday night on steep slopes covered with heavy snow. Additional 
snow fell over the weekend. Searchers encountered snowdrifts 6 and 7 feet high, 
Puckett said.

Saturday morning, Guiney decided the deep snow made hiking out too difficult, 
so he settled in and built a snow cave to keep himself warm and dry, Puckett 
said. He waited through the weekend, but ran out of food and text messaged 
friends and family in Ventura County that he needed help.

His mom, who lives in Ventura County, summoned the Jackson County Sheriff’s 
Department, then headed north to help. She caught the last flight into Medford 
Monday night, arriving about 11:30 p.m., Puckett said. Neither Guiney nor his 
mom could be reached for comment on their ordeal.

She continued to message her son through the day and night.

"The messages were what pinpointed where he was," Puckett said.

Guiney had a map and knew what township and range he was in. Via the text 
messages, he reported when he saw the lights of a Sno-Cat lumbering along and 
directed rescuers to his camp, Puckett said.

Emergency medical crews from Applegate Fire District checked Guiney.

"He was in pretty good shape for the time he was out there," Puckett said. "He 
kept warm and dry, but he was isolated and couldn’t get out."

Rescuers with three Sno-Cats and several snowmobiles started searching for 
Guiney about 10 a.m. Monday. His remote location and difficult snow conditions 
made the trip into and out of the mountains long, Puckett said. The successful 
search mission returned from the mountain about 5:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Reach reporter Anita Burkeat 776-4459, or e-mail aburke@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 

Sean A. Aaron (CIFN*1)
Central Illinois Fire Network

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