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Mason County Search & Rescue

Proudly serving the citizens and visitors of Mason and surrounding counties

Mason County Search and Rescue's 29 active volunteers are specialists in search techniques, communications, first aid, outdoor survival strategies and low-angle subject extraction. Additional training is provided in helicopter insertions and extractions, ATV operations and the use of specialized rescue equipment. These dedicated volunteers answer calls at all hours, in any weather.

Mason County, population 60,000, is located near the foothills of the Olympic Mountains and Olympic National Forest. It is 962 square miles in area with approximately 300 miles of salt water front on south Puget Sound and Hood Canal. There are 200 fresh water lakes.

Our area offers a rich variety of outdoor recreational opportunities for people of all ages. The Olympic National Park Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal and Puget Sound are all a part of this wilderness.

Mason County is a favored destination for hikers, campers, divers and a host of other outdoor enthusiasts. Due to the rugged, remote wilderness areas, abundant waterways and miles of forest lands, there is a need for a dedicated, competent and credible individuals who volunteer their time and resources to finding and rescuing lost and injured individuals in Mason County.

2017's activities far exceeded those of 2016. As is the norm, the following figures do not account for equipment and vehicle maintenance or committee efforts during the course of the year. A detailed summary of 2017's efforts can be found here.

Searches: MCSAR participated in 25 search activities, contributing 1513.98 man hours and logging 10,676 miles. 11 of these events were out of county, assisting neighboring jurisdictions with 450.83 man hours of effort and 3500 miles of travel.

Training: MCSAR volunteers participated in a total of 5037.45 hours of training evolutions for the year, logging 14,541 miles to do so.

Public Events: Community event participation totaled 199.75 hours with 696 miles of travel. Mission and training tempo had a major impact on the unit's availability for these events.

In total, MCSAR personnel officially contributed 6,751.18 hours of their time and logged 25,913 miles as part of their service to Mason County and our neighbors.

MCSAR in the News

Missing: Dale Ackley MCSAR was assisted by ground search and canine teams from multiple jurisdictions in a multi-day search for missing Shelton resident Dale Ackley, 44, who was last contacted during the evening of 25 June. Mr. Ackley's vehicle was located in southeast Shelton, but despite an exhaustive search of the surrounding area and every static structure encountered, no trace of Mr. Ackley's whereabouts was found.

Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact Shelton PD via MACECOM's non-emergency line at (360) 426-4441.

UPDATE: Mr. Ackley's remains were recovered near the search area during the 14 July weekend.

Mason County Ground SAR and Canine teams assisted the Kittitas Sheriff's Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and hundreds of volunteers from multiple states in searching for evidence related to the homocide of Lindsey Baum, a 10-year-old girl missing from McCleary since June 2009. This effort, conducted in the rocky and forested hills west of Ellensburg, represents the largest SAR operation conducted in the State of Washington.

Canine, Ground SAR and Operations personnel from MCSAR assisted the Clallam County Sheriff's Office and hundreds of crewmembers of USS Nimitz (CVN-68) in searching for EMN2 Jeremiah Adams, 24, of Aurora IL. Petty Officer Adams had failed to muster the morning of 07 May, and his vehicle was located at a trailhead in Sequim that evening. Late on the evening of May 12, Petty Officer Adams' remains were recovered from the base of a steep cliff by members of Clallam County Search and Rescue.

A task force of MCSAR Ground SAR searchers, members of Olympic Mountain Rescue, UAV resources from Cowlitz County and canine teams from every county in the Puget Sound combined their efforts in another search of the Putvin Trail area for any sign of Carol Ferguson, an 83-year-old hiker from Bremerton who was last seen in the fall of 2017. Despite an exhaustive search of the area, Mrs. Ferguson remains missing.

Canine and Ground SAR members of MCSAR assisted the Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Office in the search for a young man last seen near a logging road just north of Lake Quinalt. While no trace of the subject was found on the ground or from the air, he reappeared ten days later suffering the effects of exposure and was purported to have been near the search area the entire time. Investigation continues.

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