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Search and Rescue Videos: Real-Life Mountain Rescue, Technical Rescue and General SAR

Updated on December 18, 2015
Search & Rescue in action
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See Search & Rescue in Action

Watch actual video footage from Search and Rescue missions, listen to interviews with SAR members and those they've helped, and see teams train for whatever may come their way when call-outs happen -- from technical rescue to searches for missing hikers and mountain climbers.

Search and Rescue - That Others May Live

The photo above is from one of our team's rescue missions. The injured hiker in the Stokes litter broke his ankle in a remote area and may have sustained other injuries.

A High-Angle Rescue Video: Climber Rescued on Cascade Mountain in Banff National Park

A technical helicopter "long line" rescue

This is firsthand footage of Visitor Safety Specialists from Banff /Yoho/Kootenay National Parks conducting a technical helicopter rescue after the lead climber of a rock climbing party took a 60-foot fall and suffered multiple injuries. They are four pitches up "Dan's Delight," a 5.7 rock climb on Cascade Mountain near the town of Banff, Alberta.

See Parks Mountain Safety for more information.

A Search & Rescue Video from England: Search for Three Missing Hikers

An alpine Search & Rescue mission in the Lake District

The Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team was paged by the police at 4.00 a.m. to rescue three young men who were lost on the north slopes of Scafell Pike.

Visit the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team's website.

A SAR Team Video: Larimer County, Colorado, Search & Rescue -- About Search & Rescue and interviews with team members

A Search & Rescue News Video: Rescue of a Fallen Hiker

See a SAR helicopter land on a pinnacle

This is an interview with recovering victim Jim Williamson, helicopter pilot Terry Mercer, and Washington County Sheriff Ltn Pulsipher, along with real video footage from the rescue.

Technical Search and Rescue in Arizona's Rugged Backcountry - A video by Central Arizona Mountain Rescue

See this Search and Rescue team's website at

A Rescue Video from Washington State: Wallace Falls Rescue Mission

13-year-old boy rescued from a narrow ledge above a 270-foot waterfall

While wading in the Wallace River, a boy was swept away and over a 10-foot waterfall. He managed to get a foothold on a narrow ledge before being swept over the 270-foot falls, with his back against the rock and his toes in the water. This short video shows the heroic efforts of the Snohomish County Sheriff's Search and Rescue volunteers in responding to the call for help.

Watch Real Search and Rescue Mission Videos on CallOut TV

Visit CallOut TV to watch footage recorded during real Search and Rescue missions combined with interviews with the victims after the fact.

© 2011 Deb Kingsbury

Have You Ever Seen Any Search & Rescue Activity? Your comments and questions about SAR are welcome...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I was rescued by Las Vegas SAR on Tuesday this week as I inadvertantly made my way up a difficult ridge in the Mt Charleston area and dislocated my shoulder along the way...unable to lower myself back down the mountain alone. These folks were great. I am grateful for their service.

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      Ann 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      these are brave people all right