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Prepared Boy Scout

Name 15 Year Old Boy Scout Boy Scout Troop 257, Palos Verdes, CA
Product Name ResQLink+™ PLB
Date of Rescue 07/29/2015
Saved By U.S. National Park Service, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
Beacon Purchased From Landfall Navigation
Lives Saved 1

Saturday 25 July: Departed Cottonwood Trailhead (approx. 10,000 feet)

Sunday and Monday: Hiked as high as 12,000 feet.

Monday: Scout developed signs of altitude sickness on Monday at approx. 10,000 feet

Tuesday: Scout and his father skipped the Mt. Whitney climb on Tuesday in hopes scout would get better by remaining at lower altitude.

Wednesday: Scout was worse and couldn't hike more than a mile. Scout’s primary problem was his inability to take breaths without pain in his lungs. It was 30 miles to the trailhead and we needed to climb UP 1,000 more feet twice to get out.

1PM: Assistant Scoutmaster (ASM), a retired Coast Guard Captain, called Coast Guard (CG) Rescue Coordination Center in Alameda, CA (which covers all of California) on Satellite phone.

CG referred us to California Office of Emergency Services (CA OES), whose area we were in.

ASM passed GPS Position and all information about patient (age, condition, symptoms, vital signs, and our diagnosis (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema)

CA OES asked us to activate our Personal Locator Beacon to confirm position

CA OES said Sequoia National Park (SNP) would respond and a medevac helo was on standby

3PM: SNP sent a wonderful SNP Park Ranger on foot, who placed patient on O2 and concurred with our diagnosis and need for MEDEVAC. Called for MEDEVAC helo.

Ranger put patient on O2

3:30 PM: SNP medevac helo arrived with terrific paramedic and flight crewmember

Put patient on IV and administered 2 medications prescribed by MD

5:00 PM: SNP medevac helo flew patient scout and his father to Inyo Hospital in Lone Pine, CA.

Hospital did tests and concurred with our diagnosis

Patient released after several hours and fine once at lower altitude

 

 

 

 

Thank you for designing and building such a great product! It simply and efficiently worked perfectly when needed most.

This is my 3rd ACR PLB, as I've replaced them as the batteries have expired, and each is smaller, lighter, and better than the rest.

I normally use the PLB sailing, and this one has thousands of miles at sea beneath it, such as the Annapolis to Bermuda race in 2014 and a Florida to Maryland sailboat delivery in 2015.

I have bought my last 2 PLBs from Capt. Henry Marx at Landfall Navigation, and credit Capt Marx helping me purchase the right PLB for my needs... than you ACR and Landfall!

Yours in safety at sea, Captain Kip Louttit, USCG, Retired