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Rescuers Trek Through Snow, Sleet to Rescue Hawaii Hiker

Hiker, 64, found on Mauna Kea

(Newser) - Rescuers trekked through heavy snow and sleet to find a hiker lost in one of the most dangerous places in Hawaii, the AP reports. Rangers said the hiker registered at the visitor's center for Mauna Kea, Hawaii's tallest peak, before he set off Tuesday morning. But the Center...

Cops Grab Canoe to Save Elderly Man

He was submerged in cold waters off the Connecticut coast

(Newser) - Police officers in coastal Connecticut grabbed a nearby canoe belonging to a private citizen instead of waiting for a police boat when they located a missing elderly man early Tuesday. The Westport officers paddled to the rescue after spotting the man partially submerged off Saugatuck Shores Beach, reports the Hartford ...

Lost Hiker Ignored Rescuers' Calls Due to Unknown Number
Lost Hiker Did Not Pick Up
Calls From Unknown Number
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Lost Hiker Did Not Pick Up Calls From Unknown Number

Person spent 24 hours on Colorado's Mount Elbert as a result

(Newser) - A lost hiker who spent 24 hours on Colorado's highest mountain ignored repeated phone calls from a search and rescue crew because they came from an unknown number. The unidentified hiker had set out on the 14,440-foot-tall peak on the morning of Oct. 18 but did not return...

Haiti Crews 'Can Hear People Screaming' in the Rubble

Death toll reaches 304 from magnitude 7.2 earthquake

(Newser) - Crews in Haiti were trying Saturday to reach people trapped in the rubble after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck in the morning, killing at least 304 people. At least 1,800 are injured, the government said. As rescuers worked, at least six aftershocks shook the region, one of which...

Ceremony Ends Firefighters' Search
Ceremony Ends
Firefighters' Search

Ceremony Ends Firefighters' Search

Crews rejoin their families after camping at the site of the collapsed condo building

(Newser) - Firefighters on Friday declared the end of their search for bodies at the site of a collapsed Florida condo building, concluding a month of painstaking work removing layers of dangerous debris that were once piled several stories high. The June 24 collapse at the oceanside Champlain Towers South in Surfside...

Surfside Mission Changes at Midnight
Surfside Mission 
Changed at Midnight

Surfside Mission Changed at Midnight

Families are told of the switch from rescue to recovery

(Newser) - On the 14th day of their search for survivors in the Florida condo collapse, rescuers conceded that they wouldn't find anyone alive in the rubble. And so at midnight, the crews' mission at the Surfside site transitioned from rescue to recovery. The AP reports a "somber moment of...

Condo Searchers Carry On Through Rain, Wind

4 more bodies found, bringing total to 32

(Newser) - The discovery of four more victims in the rubble of a collapsed Florida condominium building raised the death toll to 32, officials said Tuesday as a ramped-up search effort faced new threats from severe weather with Tropical Storm Elsa. Lightning forced rescuers to pause their work for two hours early...

Surfside Crews Plan Demolition for Sunday

Officials want operation to take place before storm hits but have details to work out

(Newser) - Demolition workers plan to bring down the remainder of a collapsed condo building on Sunday ahead of an approaching storm that added to worries that the damaged structure could come down on its own, officials said Saturday. Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, meanwhile, said two more bodies were found in...

Frustrated at Search, Families to Visit Site of Condo Collapse

Death toll has reached 9, officials say

(Newser) - The death toll in the collapse of a condo building in Florida has reached nine, officials said Sunday. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said at a press conference that one person died at the hospital and eight were found at the site of Champlain Towers South in Surfside, CNN...

Packed Boat Capsizes Off San Diego; 3 Dead

Officials suspect human smuggling; more than 2 dozen are hospitalized

(Newser) - Three people died and more than two dozen were hospitalized when a boat capsized near San Diego. Officials say they suspect the boat was smuggling people into the US, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Parks workers saw people in the water off the coast of Point Loma near the Cabrillo...

Indonesia Finds Submarine, Declares the Crew Dead

53 were aboard the KRI Nanggala, which disappeared Wednesday

(Newser) - The wreckage of a missing Indonesian Navy submarine with 53 crew members has been located, the military said Sunday. Searchers found items and parts from the submarine, including the anchor and safety suits for crew members, CNN reports. "Based on that authentic proof, I declare here that the Nanggala...

'Wake Low' Hit, Pulled La. Boat Under

Rescue operation underway after boat capsizes off of La.; 6 rescued so far, at least a dozen missing

(Newser) - A search and rescue operation is underway for at least a dozen people off the coast of Louisiana after a 129-foot boat capsized during a "really powerful" weather event. Officials say six survivors have been plucked from the water so far after the vessel left from Port Fourchon on...

Driver Follows GPS, Becomes Stranded for a Week

Shorter route wasn't plowed, turns out

(Newser) - Harland Earls was driving through California's Sierra Nevada, on his way to a birthday party in Truckee last month, when his GPS suggested he turn up ahead for a shorter route. So he left Highway 49 for Henness Pass Road—which does, in hindsight, sound ominous during a snowstorm....

Missing Teen Survives in Snow Cave
Missing Teen Survives
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Missing Teen Survives in Snow Cave

Canadian snowmobiler 'did everything right after things went wrong'

(Newser) - A missing 17-year-old snowmobiler was found in "good condition" Saturday in Canada after building himself a snow cave and hunkering down. The snowmobiler, identified as Robert, had been traveling with his father and brother on British Columbia's Mica Mountain when he diverted into an area with steep terrain...

The BBC Profiled Her. She Hasn't Been Heard From Since

British hiker-blogger Esther Dingley missing in the Pyrenees

(Newser) - A blogger who wrote about her extensive travels through Europe has vanished on one of the adventures her thousands of followers checked in to read about. Esther Dingley, 37—who ran the Esther & Dan blog with her partner of 18 years, Dan Colegate, 38—had set out from Benasque,...

Ominous Sign After Fishing Boat Sinks: Empty Life Raft

US Coast Guard searching for 4 men off Cape Cod

(Newser) - The US Coast Guard is racing to find four fisherman missing off the coast of Massachusetts after their boat sank early Monday. A crew from Boston responded after an emergency radio beacon was triggered 20 miles northeast of Provincetown around 1am, per NBC News . Calls to the satellite phone on...

'It Just Sucks': Hiker, Mom of 2 Dies Hours After Rescue

Cassandra Bravo spent 2 nights in the cold after fall on Mount Whitney

(Newser) - An injured hiker managed to survive two nights out in the cold on Mount Whitney, only to die hours after her rescue. It was a heartbreaking end for friends and family of Cassandra Bravo, a California nurse and single mother of a 10-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter. She fell roughly...

Prof Still Missing in Mt. Rainier 18 Days After Hike

Sam Dubal planned to leave Mt. Rainier National Park on Oct. 10

(Newser) - Rescuers have resumed searching for a University of Washington anthropology professor more than two weeks after he was last seen in Mount Rainier National Park. Sam Dubal, 33, was spotted Oct. 9 as he hiked the Mother Mountain Loop from Mowich Lake Trailhead, per ABC News . He failed to emerge...

Rescuer Thinks Missing Hiker's Story Is Fishy

Sheriff's sergeant says there are red flags in Holly Courtier's account

(Newser) - A crew member involved in the search for Holly Courtier, the hiker who was missing in Utah's Zion National Park for 12 days, doesn't buy her family's account of what happened . Sgt. Darrell Cashin of the Washington County Sheriff's Search and Rescue says the 38-year-old left...

Banksy on His Migrant Rescue Boat: 'All Black Lives Matter'

Artist is on a mission to help migrants in distress in Mediterranean Sea, says EU doesn't care

(Newser) - Street artist Banksy has released a video with a strong political message explaining why he became involved in a search and rescue ship helping migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. "Like most people who make it in the art world, I bought a yacht to cruise the Med," the...

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