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Mason County Search & Rescue

Proudly serving the citizens and visitors of Mason and surrounding counties

Mason County Search and Rescue's 34 active volunteers are specialists in search techniques, communications, first aid, outdoor survival strategies and low-angle subject extraction. Additional training is provided in helicopter insertions and extractions, ATV operations and the use of specialized rescue equipment. These dedicated volunteers answer calls at all hours, in any weather.

Mason County, population 60,000, is located near the foothills of the Olympic Mountains and Olympic National Forest. It is 962 square miles in area with approximately 300 miles of salt water front on south Puget Sound and Hood Canal. There are 200 fresh water lakes.

Our area offers a rich variety of outdoor recreational opportunities for people of all ages. The Olympic National Park Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal and Puget Sound are all a part of this wilderness.

Mason County is a favored destination for hikers, campers, divers and a host of other outdoor enthusiasts. Due to the rugged, remote wilderness areas, abundant waterways and miles of forest lands, there is a need for a dedicated, competent and credible individuals who volunteer their time and resources to finding and rescuing lost and injured individuals in Mason County.

2016 was a busy year for the volunteers of Mason County Search and Rescue. The following numbers come from a review of the official activity reports, showing the hours logged for various activities as well as mileage on personal vehicles. Not counted here are the countless hours spent on equipment maintenance, communications, administrative errands and activity preparation, all of which are necessary to ensure the unit's success.

Searches: MCSAR participated in 18 searches, contributing 951 man hours and logging 7,763 miles. Six of these events were out of county, assisting neighboring jurisdictions with 199 man hours of effort and 3,063 miles of travel.

Training: to ensure a high level of readiness, training is essential. To that end, MCSAR volunteers participated in a total of 3,140.5 hours of training evolutions for the year, logging 8,634 miles to do so.

Public Events: our members attended a number of community events during the course of the year, totaling 337 hours with 1,885 miles of travel.

All told, MCSAR personnel officially contributed 4,734 hours of their time and logged 19,023 miles as part of their service to Mason County and our neighbors. We expect 2017 to be just as busy.

MCSAR in the News

Mason County ESAR, Canine and Mobile volunteers assisted the King County Sheriff's Office for three days in searching the trails, waterways and forests near Goldmeyer Hot Springs in North Bend for a missing Russian national who had separated from his party a few nights before. Still missing is Sergey Cherepov, 57, who was last seen wearing a purple t-shirt, tan shorts and moccasins. Mr. Cherepov was known to have suffered a head injury, which was wrapped with a bandage at the time of his disappearance. Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the King County Sheriff's Office at (206) 296-3311.

Mason County Search and Rescue volunteers mobilized to assist Kitsap County SAR in locating a missing early-stage Alzheimer's patient last seen the previous evening. As searchers received their assignments and began departing the staging area, the missing man was located in a local hospital.

MCSAR ground search personnel, working alongside King County Search and Rescue volunteers, assisted the Mason and King County Sheriff's Offices in searching a property on State Route 3 in Shelton for potential evidence of criminal activity.

Ground search and canine volunteers from Mason County Search and Rescue joined Pierce County SAR and Tacoma Police Department detectives in searching a large homeless encampment for evidence related to the homicide of Oscar Blackwater, a 74-year-old man who frequented the Pacific and Portland Avenue areas of Tacoma. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Tacoma anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS.

MCSAR members mobilized to assist the Mason County Sheriff's Office in a search for a 65-year-old male hiker who had been separated from his hiking party the previous evening and was assumed to be lost on Mt. Ellinor. As crews staged to begin the search, the missing gentleman reported in from the Staircase Campground, where he had sought shelter after hiking through the night.

MCSAR volunteers assisted search and rescue crews from across the Puget Sound in searching the Sol Duc River area of Clallam County for Jacob Gray, a 22-year-old hiker who disappeared during an outing on or about 16 April, 2017. Despite the efforts of ground teams, canines and swiftwater specialists, no trace of the missing man was found.

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