November 2, 2012 |
The Tennessee Highway Patrol has rescued a hiker stranded on the Appalachian Trail after Hurricane Sandy, authorities said Friday. Park rangers, after a two-day hike through chest-deep snow in the Great Smoky Mountains, located Steven Ainsworth, 56, of Washington, N.C., on an isolated part of the trail near the North Carolina border. Ainsworth was airlifted to a local hospital. Highway patrol and state park officials said Ainsworth was trapped for days in the snow - which reached record levels for October under Sandy's strength - and only had a day's worth of food and a liter and a half of water left when he was rescued.
September 12, 2012 |
Though far less devastating an enemy than the house-chewing termite or the apartment-infesting bedbug, the cockroach remains one of urban man's most reviled insect enemies. Now, a team of engineers has learned to control these insects' movements like a kid would a toy car. Researchers have been working to build small, maneuverable robots that creep, leap and crawl like living critters - and such robots could be useful for search-and-rescue operations. But bug-sized bots are difficult to design and power.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2012 |
A Fresno County Sheriff's deputy's gravity-defying sprint saved a hiker as the man started to slide off a ledge on the side of a Sierra Nevada peak. "In five years with search and rescue and 30 years as a paramedic, it was the most dramatic rescue I've ever seen," said Russ Richardson, leader of the Fresno County Search and Rescue Mountaineering Team. "It was pretty heroic. " On Saturday afternoon it had come down to what hiker Lawrence Bishop believed was the last moment of his life, he recalled on Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2011 |
The hard-packed snow atop Franklin Creek in Sequoia National Park appeared safe, but when Marcia Rasmussen, 51, walked across, it collapsed, plunging her into an icy tunnel with frigid water. For three hours, in freezing temperatures, she clawed at the frozen ceiling, her bare hands going numb and her body giving out before passersby found her. FOR THE RECORD An article in the June 21 LATExtra about hiker Marcia Rasmussen identified Ed Patrovsky as a longtime friend of Rasmussen.
June 2, 2011 |
People awoke in the Springfield, Mass., area on Thursday to the damage done by tornadoes that had raced through the region, leaving at least four dead and about 40 injured, officials said. “When I spoke with the mayor of Springfield yesterday, he told me they had about 10 minutes' warning” before Wednesday's tornadoes, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said on ABC's "Good Morning America. " "When you consider how quickly the tornadoes developed and then touched down, the fact that there wasn't even greater damage and loss of life is a remarkable thing," the governor said.
May 26, 2011 |
Brian Wing was home in Houston on Monday morning, watching footage from this tornado-shredded town, when he saw something that shocked him — the reporter for the Weather Channel teared up. "He sees this stuff a lot," Wing recalled reasoning, "and when he broke down, I knew it was a big deal. " The next day, Wing arrived in Joplin just ahead of a new storm system. He took refuge in the basement of a Red Cross shelter when tornado sirens sounded, and slept in his rental van, windows rolled down so any additional alerts would wake him. Then he rose at dawn and joined an army of volunteers who have made startling progress at getting this battered city back on its feet.