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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1991
The Los Angeles Fire Department is assembling its first urban search-and-rescue mobile unit and will station it in the San Fernando Valley, fire officials said Friday. The rescue equipment will be housed in a $9,000 trailer, donated by a commercial bank, and towed by a Fire Department truck. It will be used in response to such disasters as building, trench and freeway collapses, Capt. Lou Gligorijevic said.
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March 9, 2001 | From Associated Press
Families who alleged that the Coast Guard botched a rescue, which led to the deaths of four people in a sailboat accident, on Thursday were awarded $18.9 million from the federal government. Michael Cornett, 49, of Hiltons, Va., and his sons, Paul, 16, and Daniel, 13, died when their sailboat Morning Dew ran into a Charleston Harbor jetty on a December night in 1997. Bobby Lee Hurd Jr., the boys' 14-year-old cousin from Mountain City, Tenn., also died. "This tragedy was avoidable," U.S.
NEWS
May 13, 1996 | ANNA M. VIRTUE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The passengers aboard ValuJet Flight 592 were on business and on vacation, from urban areas such as Miami and from towns such as Powder Springs, Ga. Many were headed home or to Mother's Day reunions with family. All thought their next stop would be Atlanta. Now, as federal officials tackle the difficult task of retrieving the bodies from a watery Everglades grave, the friends and relatives of the 109 people aboard the doomed jetliner can only hope for closure.
NEWS
February 21, 1990 | TRACY WILKINSON and JOEL SAPPELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Rescuer Cris Baitx, using first his fists, then his head, had twice punched his way out of the ice on Convict Lake and was going under for a third time. Panicked, he was drifting in and out of consciousness in the frigid waters where three teen-age boys had already disappeared and four other men struggled to stay afloat. "I was sure I was gone," Baitx told The Times on Tuesday. "I was thinking of my wife and kids and are they going to be OK, because I'm history." He was wrong.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2004 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
Rescue teams continued searching Tuesday for a Seal Beach man reported missing over the weekend on Mt. San Gorgonio, a popular hiking and camping area near Yucaipa in San Bernardino County. Eugene Kumm, 25, left home Saturday morning to hike about 9,800 feet up the 11,500-foot-high mountain, spend the night at High Creek Camp and return home Sunday.
NEWS
February 14, 1992 | GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The pilot of the Navy aircraft that plucked Marines from stormy seas minutes after their Tustin-based helicopter went down near Ventura County said Thursday they were lucky to have ditched so close to a search and rescue base. A ninth Marine remained missing and is presumed drowned. He was identified Thursday as Jeffrey B. Johns, 22, an avionics technician from Uniontown, Ohio. Lt. Robert Moore said in a telephone interview from Pt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2002 | PETER PAE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An effort to tap advanced aerospace technology to conduct search-and-rescue operations over rugged mountains and other remote areas will be tested today over San Bernardino National Forest. A DC-8 aircraft equipped with an experimental radar that can see through trees and bushes will fly over the forest looking for a small private plane that has been missing for nearly a year. The scheduled test is the outgrowth of efforts by San Bernardino County Sheriff's Lt.
NEWS
May 14, 1996 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A sharpshooter watching for alligators guarded divers in a steamy Everglades marsh on Monday as they recovered fragmented human remains and a "black box" recording device from the crash of ValuJet flight 592. "This is tough stuff out there," said National Transportation Safety Board Vice Chairman Robert Francis, who is heading the investigation of the crash that killed all 109 aboard the DC-9 jetliner Saturday afternoon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sheriff's deputies and rescuers searched Concow Creek for a 6-year-old girl who was swept off a bicycle and into the churning water while crossing a bridge on her way to school. Amanda Shelton disappeared into Concow Creek on Monday morning while riding over a partially submerged bridge in the Sierra Nevada foothills. A massive search by the Butte County Search and Rescue Squad and sheriff's deputies failed to turn up any sign of the girl.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1999 | NEDA RAOUF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A feeling of frustration has hung over Los Angeles urban search and rescue team members for the last week as they watched televised images of the physical and human toll in Turkey. The 7.4 earthquake is precisely what both Los Angeles County and city fire department teams have been trained to deal with. But when it comes to international disasters, neither team has the opportunity to display its skills because they are not included in a contract with the federal government.
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