Wilderness search-and-rescue vignettes from two long-time professionals, Kimberly R. Kelly and Dave Baldridge, alternating bylines every month. “Point Last Seen” is a common SAR term used to describe the last known location of a missing subject.

K9 dog team

The Shadow Below: A K9 Team Tackles a Lake Search

by Dave Baldridge June 11, 2012 Point Last Seen

The boys swam 40 yards from shore through beds of weeds and underwater brush. When the teenager didn’t surface, his panicked friends frantically called for help.

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Fred in the Forest

Fred in the Forest

by Dave Baldridge December 28, 2011 Point Last Seen

In the parallel universe of mountain search and rescue (SAR), some stuff grosses everyone out.

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Self-Rescue: Riding Bulls at the County Fair

Self-Rescue: Riding Bulls at the County Fair

by Dave Baldridge August 8, 2011 Point Last Seen

At its finest expression, coup counting means touching an enemy or hitting him with a hand-held “coup stick” while he is alive and, presumably, trying to kill you.

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Cleared for Take-Off

Cleared for Take-Off

by Kimberly R. Kelly July 15, 2011 Point Last Seen

How fitting, then, this song, these lyrics, should play now, as I wait for a plane to take me north, to deep forests and thick nettles to search for a pilot gone three years.

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Logging Hours in Shallow Water

Logging Hours in Shallow Water

by Kimberly R. Kelly June 7, 2011 Point Last Seen

It is October, and we have just recovered the body of a young man, drowned in now-placid water. The falls are not terribly deep, but today, they prove deep enough.

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