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When people head into Red River Gorge, they don’t plan on having an accident or getting lost. But when “nature happens,” calls for help go out to county search and rescue crews.

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Powell County Search & Rescue is a 501c3 non-profit organization working in the Red River Gorge Geological Area of the Daniel Boone National Forest. The volunteers of Search & Rescue spend hundreds of hours each year donating their time and talents to rescuing folks from cliffs and rugged terrain. Each rescue is unique and each person we rescue has a story to tell. We invite you to join with us in our mission of saving lives! You can become a valuable part of this effort by helping us accomplish what we are finding to be more and more difficult: funding these rescue missions from our own pockets.

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We are an all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to aiding persons lost or injured in the back country of Red River Gorge, Kentucky.

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Your generous contribution to our non-profit organization is 100% tax deductible and could one day save your life or the life of a loved one.

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On Thursday afternoon Powell County Search & Rescue and Hunter Hounds Search and Recovery were conducting a joint ropes training exercise in the Grey’s Arch area of the Red River Gorge. At 6:10 pm the group received a report that a hiker had fallen on the Whittleton Arch Trail approximately three fourths of a mile from the trailhead located in the Whittleton campground. The rescuers were on scene in a matter of minutes and it was decided to send in a 6 person team with the rigid litter as the injured hiker was non-ambulatory due to an ankle injury. Team 2 soon followed, accompanied by two members of the Powell County Emergency Medical Services. The injured hiker was quickly packaged and ready for a carry out, which was joined by 2 more SAR members. The mission was successful and we wish the hiker a quick recovery. Following the debriefing the Hunter Hounds and Powell County Search and Rescue took advantage of some large nearby trees to continue lift training. ... See MoreSee Less

On Thursday afternoon Powell County Search & Rescue and Hunter Hounds Search and Recovery were conducting a joint ropes training exercise in the Grey’s Arch area of the Red River Gorge.  At 6:10 pm the group received a report that a hiker had fallen on the Whittleton Arch Trail approximately three fourths of a mile from the trailhead located in the Whittleton campground. The rescuers were on scene in a matter of minutes and it was decided to send in a 6 person team with the rigid litter as the injured hiker was non-ambulatory due to an ankle injury.  Team 2 soon followed, accompanied by two members of the Powell County Emergency Medical Services.  The injured hiker was quickly packaged and ready for a carry out, which was joined by 2 more SAR members.  The mission was successful and we wish the hiker a quick recovery. Following the debriefing the Hunter Hounds and Powell County Search and Rescue took advantage of some large nearby trees to continue lift training.

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Another successful rescue. Great work

Great use of our canine companions

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Thank you- nice even got the training in!

Keep up the training and the awesome work you all do!!

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Meet Sierra Wilcox, from Clay City. She has been with the #pocosar family since the age of 7 due to her parents being long-time members. And when she turned 18 three years ago, she was quick to officially become a team member. The woods have been a favorite place for Sierra since she was a little girl. But now, instead of playing or hunting, you will find her spending countless hours training Brian, her bloodhound. Sierra has completed BSAR and is CPR Certified. She joined our partners, Hunter Hounds Search and Rescue, a couple years ago and has since certified in PetTech CPR & First Aid, completed many training classes and here recently, she participated in career days, along with Brian, at our local elementary schools. Sierra is quick to respond and helps wherever needed. When asked what her hiking tip is for all who are reading this, she replied, ‘Make sure to always take extra water with you’. Thank you, Sierra (and Brian) for all you do! ... See MoreSee Less

Meet Sierra Wilcox, from Clay City. She has been with the #pocosar family since the age of 7 due to her parents being long-time members. And when she turned 18 three years ago, she was quick to officially become a team member. The woods have been a favorite place for Sierra since she was a little girl. But now, instead of playing or hunting, you will find her spending countless hours training Brian, her bloodhound. Sierra has completed BSAR and is CPR Certified. She joined our partners, Hunter Hounds Search and Rescue, a couple years ago and has since certified in PetTech CPR & First Aid, completed many training classes and here recently, she participated in career days, along with Brian, at our local elementary schools. Sierra is quick to respond and helps wherever needed. When asked what her hiking tip is for all who are reading this, she replied, β€˜Make sure to always take extra water with you’. Thank you, Sierra (and Brian) for all you do!

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How wonderful to devote ones life in helping others. God bless you.

Congratulations sierra. Keep up the good work

I had the pleasure of teaching her BSAR class! Great young lady!

Proud of you. Keep up the good work. And thank you for all you do.

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PCSAR received a call at 5:35 pm yesterday for two 17 year old hikers lost off Double Arch trail. PCSAR arrived on scene at 6:16 pm and was later joined by a member of the Middle Fork Fire Department. Two search teams were dispatched; one team searched along Double Arch trail, while the other headed toward Courthouse Rock trail. At 7:43 p.m. IC made contact via phone with the hikers and obtained their coordinates which placed them way off trail in the valley between Double Arch and Auxier Ridge trails. The team re-grouped at IC and determined their best access would be along Auxier Ridge trail. One team searched a campsite spur off Auxier Ridge, while the second team headed toward Courthouse Rock trail. At 9:47 p.m., voice contact was made with the hikers along the campsite spur. The two teams met back at the spur trail and determined the best access to the hikers was to bushwhack down to them. At 10:07 p.m., the hikers were found and everyone was given time to rehydrate. It proved more difficult gaining access back up to the spur trail in the dark. Finally, at 10:33 p.m., the team and hikers were on Auxier Ridge trail and headed back to IC.

The hikers had made a wrong turn somewhere off an official trail and got lost. They bushwhacked for over 2 hours before calling 911. They had been out all day and were without food and water with temperatures in the 90’s. Once phone contact was made with them, they were advised to stay put.

This story reinforces the need to carry a paper map and be able to read it. Bring plenty of water and a cell phone battery backup and flashlights. Always let someone know exactly where you are going. Be prepared for the unexpected.Faith Willoughby Faulkner Oberg O#pocosaro#Sarr
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PCSAR received a call at 5:35 pm yesterday for two 17 year old hikers lost off Double Arch trail.  PCSAR arrived on scene at 6:16 pm and was later joined by a member of the Middle Fork Fire Department.  Two search teams were dispatched; one team searched along Double Arch trail, while the other headed toward Courthouse Rock trail.  At 7:43 p.m. IC made contact via phone with the hikers and obtained their coordinates which placed them way off trail in the valley between Double Arch and Auxier Ridge trails.  The team re-grouped at IC and determined their best access would be along Auxier Ridge trail.  One team searched a campsite spur off Auxier Ridge, while the second team headed toward Courthouse Rock trail.  At 9:47 p.m., voice contact was made with the hikers along the campsite spur.  The two teams met back at the spur trail and determined the best access to the hikers was to bushwhack down to them.  At 10:07 p.m., the hikers were found and everyone was given time to rehydrate.  It proved more difficult gaining access back up to the spur trail in the dark. Finally, at 10:33 p.m., the team and hikers were on Auxier Ridge trail and headed back to IC.

The hikers had made a wrong turn somewhere off an official trail and got lost. They bushwhacked for over 2 hours before calling 911.  They had been out all day and were without food and water with temperatures in the 90’s.  Once phone contact was made with them, they were advised to stay put. 

This story reinforces the need to carry a paper map and be able to read it.  Bring plenty of water and a cell phone battery backup and flashlights. Always let someone know exactly where you are going.  Be prepared for the unexpected.  

πŸ“Έ Faith Willoughby Faulkner Oberg

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The Forest Service should give-out high quality, highly-detailed, topographical, water-resistant trail maps for free, easily available in multiple locations around the Gorge area. Every trail shown on the map should be well-maintained, have very clear and easily understood signage along the trail, complete with numbered landmarks, distances, all popular and even less popular sites marked on the maps and with signs (for example, all arches), and "You are here" stars, particularly at intersections. Between signs, the blazing markers need to be much more frequent and easy to locate, especially when there are lots of confusing side trails around. Some unnecessary rescues and maybe even some lives could be saved.

Good work guys. I try to let everyone that stops in Gorge Outfitters know how to be prepared. A little bit of prevention may save us all hours of work. But when the call comes we are all ready to go.

Great job guys!

Got lost there years ago. Ended up hiking out in the dark. This is no joke. You do not want to do this 😬

You guys are amazing! Keep up the good work!

Terrific work! And, no matter what time of year, one should always have water and a snack, amongst other necessities.

Great job rescue workers.

When did the "carry a small pack with enough stuff to sustain you for 36 hrs" on a day hike mentality stop? When I 1st got into hiking this was the 1st thing I was taught; Be Prepared. Snacks that give energy, Solar blanket, water, some rope, flint stone, FirstAid kit, flashlight, Compass, Knife. I'm so grateful for having WCSRT and all the other groups that lend hand to help but do so wish people took hiking and the dangers of what can happen a little more seriously.

... stupid is so hard to fix ..... Well Done Teams !!!

Great team work to save these two

Great advise thank goodness all ended well

Great job guys.

God bless all of our PCSAR team members! πŸ™

Great work by rescue team!!!

Great job

No water 90 degrees come on people be smart

Glad they were found safe.

Amazing job everyone!

Thank God they are Ok. Thank you for your service

Great job PCSAR!

Thank God they were found. I know there’s some pretty tired rescuers today.

Great job! Sound advice! Btw IC? Does that stand for Incident Command?

Thank goodness their phone still worked! And bring water and food!

Great job!!!

Good job guys ,hard work the Lord was with you!!

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