Yavapai County Search And Rescuers Keep Busy

On December 24, 2016, ADOT closed I-40 between Williams and Seligman due to heavy snow. At around 10 pm, YCSO dispatchers received two calls, one from a couple heading to Laughlin and another from a group of 8 friends returning to Las Vegas after visiting the south rim of the Grand Canyon.

Both groups were stuck in the snow and mud on Drake Road near County Road 73 as it comes down from Williams. A YCSO Forest Patrol Deputy called out members of both the Jeep Posse and Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team (YCSRT) 4×4 Unit to assist with driving the parties out. The rescue volunteers met in Chino Valley and made their way along Hwy 89A to Drake Road. About ½ mile past the cement plant at Drake, they encountered a semi-truck and trailer completely blocking Drake Road. On the east side of the truck we found 4 occupied vehicles that had been heading west but could not get past the truck. The rescuers continued on to the other two groups and picked up 10 passengers who had to abandoned their vehicles on site for later removal.

On the way back to Hwy 89A, the rescuers picked up 3 more passengers who decided not to stay in their vehicle. Everyone was transported to a hotel in Prescott. Members from each group stated they had exited at the closure on I-40 and used a GPS device to find an alternate route. Coincidentally, Coconino County had contacted YCSO dispatch to ask that the Department close Drake Rd. because people were getting stuck going up the road to Williams after bypassing the closure.

As the 13 stranded folks were being dropped off from the Drake rescue, deputies received another call regarding a family of 4 that were stuck in Juniper Woods Ranch following a detour around the I-40 closure at Seligman. Patrol units were able to get them out and give them a ride to Ash Fork.

On January 1, 2016, the YCSO Forest Patrol Deputy was called to a report of two men stuck in their pickup truck in Silver Creek off of Bloody Basin Rd. The water was up to the bottom of the windows when they tried to cross going westbound. The truck lost forward momentum and was pushed downstream about 10 feet. Swift water rescue crews were called but before they deployed, subjects were able to make it safely to the east bank when the water level dropped sufficiently.

 

On December 24, 2016, ADOT closed I-40 between Williams and Seligman due to heavy snow. At around 10 pm, YCSO dispatchers received two calls, one from a couple heading to Laughlin and another from a group of 8 friends returning to Las Vegas after visiting the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Both groups were stuck in the snow and mud on Drake Road near County Road 73 as it comes down from Williams. A YCSO Forest Patrol Deputy called out members of both the Jeep Posse and Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team (YCSRT) 4×4 Unit to assist with driving the parties out. The rescue volunteers met in Chino Valley and made their way along Hwy 89A to Drake Road. About ½ mile past the cement plant at Drake, they encountered a semi-truck and trailer completely blocking Drake Road. On the east side of the truck 4 occupied vehicles were found that had been heading west but could not get past the truck. The rescuers continued on to the other two groups and picked up 10 passengers who had to abandoned their vehicles on site for later removal.

On the way back to Hwy 89A, the rescuers picked up 3 more passengers who decided not to stay in their vehicle. Everyone was transported to a hotel in Prescott. Members from each group stated they had exited at the closure on I-40 and used a GPS device to find an alternate route. Coincidentally, Coconino County had contacted YCSO dispatch to ask us to close Drake Rd. because people were getting stuck going up the road to Williams after bypassing the closure.

As the 13 stranded folks were being dropped off from the Drake rescue, deputies received another call regarding a family of 4 that were stuck in Juniper Woods Ranch following a detour around the I-40 closure at Seligman. Patrol units were able to get them out and give them a ride to Ash Fork.

On January 1, 2016, the YCSO Forest Patrol Deputy was called to a report of two men stuck in their pickup truck in Silver Creek off of Bloody Basin Rd. The water was up to the bottom of the windows when they tried to cross going westbound. The truck lost forward momentum and was pushed downstream about 10 feet. Swift water rescue crews were called but before they deployed, subjects were able to make it safely to the east bank when the water level dropped sufficiently.

Also on January 1, deputies received information there was a group stuck at the Sycamore Cabin on Dugas Rd. The response of deputies was delayed because Sycamore Creek was running too high. Eventually the group was able to leave with help from incoming cabin guests.

 

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