Mason County Search and Rescue volunteers joined forces with Thurston County SAR, West Coast Search Dogs, Olympic Mountain Rescue
and local community members to assist the Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Office in searching for a mushroom picker reported missing
in the Copalis Beach area since 04 October. An extensive ground and aerial search over two days yielded no sign of the missing man,
whose whereabouts remain unknown as of this writing.
Missing is Jerry Hyasman, a 56-year-old Native American with graying black hair and brown eyes. He is 5' 7" tall and weighs approximately
180 pounds, with a tribal tattoo on one arm and an artificial left eye. Mr. Hyasman is known to have a heart condition and walks with a
noticeable limp. Anyone with information concerning his whereabouts is asked to contact the Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Office at
(360) 533-8765 or the Taholah Police Department at (360) 276-4422.
MCSAR Mobile Unit members responded to a call from the Grays Harbor Sheriff's Office to search for a missing 64-year-old mushroom picker
(and his dog), who was last seen at mile marker 9 of Donkey Creek Road on Saturday afternoon. A multi-county effort was mounted by MSCAR,
Kitsap County's ESAR unit, two teams from German Shepherd Search Dogs of Washington State, a team from West Coast Search Dogs of Washington
State, Pierce County Search and Rescue's ATV unit and members of Grays Harbor County Volunteer Search and Rescue. The subject - accompanied
by his dog - was recovered from a heavily-wooded area late in the afternoon, evaluated and treated for exposure before being transported down
the mountain to waiting paramedics.
Mushroom picking season is in full swing throughout the Olympic Peninsula. Pickers, please remember to pack not for the hunt, but for the
emergency: a compass and map or GPS unit with good batteries, a mobile phone (charged, of course), a whistle and a roll of flagging tape to mark
your route would all be excellent additions to your outing - and, of course, extra dry clothing, a fire-starting kit and a space blanket or tarp
certainly wouldn't hurt. Let your loved ones know where you'll be and when to expect you back, and leave a trail for us to follow in case you're
not back on time!
A lone hiker summited Lightning Peak via the Copper Creek Trail near Lake Cushman, but lost his way during his descent as
the sun set. With his phone battery running down, he contacted 911 to give his approximate location and made camp at the 3800'
level using a well-stocked pack of supplies to stay safe and relatively comfortable overnight.
At daybreak, MCSAR members joined forces with Olympic Mountain Rescue to locate the subject and guide him safely back to the
trailhead, where he was greeted by very relieved family members. In reviewing his situation, the hiker commented that he will definitely
be adding a compass, local maps and perhaps a GPS unit to his pack.
Mason County Search and Rescue personnel and members of German Shepherd Search Dogs of Washington State assisted the Grays Harbor Sheriff's Office
in searching for a 46-year-old man last seen embarking on a mushroom picking trip three days prior. Team members scoured the area near the man's last
known location until nightfall and intended to set out again at first light, but the subject finally contacted deputies around midnight to let them
know he was safe.
Members of Mason County Search and Rescue responded to a midnight call from the Mason County Sheriff's Office to locate two
missing hikers who had lost their way in the Vance Creek area of Skokomish Valley. Utilizing 4x4 and motorcycle units, MCSAR
located the pair in a deep ravine after a few hours of searching, and guided them back to safety.
Outdoor enthusiasts would do well to remember that the Vance Creek Bridge is in severe disrepair, and is located on private property.
The bridge poses no shortage of physical hazards for hikers and other visitors, the creek canyon can be treacherous (especially at night),
and law enforcement may cite trespassers.
Mason County Search and Rescue members, assisted by the always-ready team at Olympic Mountain Rescue,
successfully located a pair of disoriented hikers and brought them to safety from the challenging hiking areas of Mount Elinor's upper trailhead.
The hikers did everything right:
when they recognized their predicament, they stopped, contacted authorities via mobile phone and awaited assistance, secure with plenty of snacks and water. Inhospitable
terrain and darkness turned a beautiful hike into a potentially dangerous extraction, but by morning there were smiles all around at the bottom of the mountain.
Sheriff Casey Salisbury hosted members of
Mason County Search and Rescue as well as local emergency room doctor, Dr. Dean Gushee, at the monthly Sheriff's Breakfast held at the Little Creek Casino.
Mason County Search and Rescue members were being recognized for their recent recertification and Dr. Dean Gushee served as key note speaker talking about his
experiences as medical support on a National Geographic expedition in Antarctica.
Lieutenant Travis Adams spoke about Search and Rescue and the work they do to be re-certified. "The members of Mason County Search and Rescue provide an
invaluable resource to our community, bringing our lost and injured citizens home safely and skillfully."
Mason County Search and Rescue recently received their three-year state re-certification showing competency in areas such as first aid, communications, search
tactics, safety, and navigation to name a few.