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June 9, 1995 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For almost six days, the downed pilot coolly hid in Bosnian Serb territory, living on bugs, rainwater and hope. Then, before dawn Thursday, as his strength ebbed, he directed his own rescue. Wringing wet, filthy and hungry, he exploded in a run from the forest in Bosnia-Herzegovina, waving his pistol, sprinting as if the devil were behind him. He flopped onto the welcoming floor of a U.S. Marine helicopter with a whoosh of relief and tears in his eyes. Air Force Capt. Scott F.
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NATIONAL
March 24, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
ARLINGTON, Wash. - Fearing more moving earth at the site of Saturday's deadly mudslide, search-and-rescue workers were pulled back Monday afternoon from searching for the dead and missing, officials said. "There are concerns about additional slides in the same area affected Saturday," Snohomish County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Shari Ireton told reporters. "Ground crews have pulled back, and geologists are on the ground. " But there were still more than 100 responders in the field Monday afternoon, Ireton said, using search dogs, hovercraft, air support and sonar devices to look for survivors and victims in the square mile of deep debris about an hour north of Seattle.
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NEWS
June 9, 1995 | SAM FULWOOD III, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While an anxious nation--including his family and friends--fretted for days that Capt. Scott F. O'Grady might never be found alive after his F-16 jet was shot down over Bosnia-Herzegovina, his superiors and experts in military survival training knew better. To them, the developments that sounded so ominous in news reports were signs of hope. Far from despairing, the experts sensed that the downed pilot was alive and well and behaving exactly the way he had been trained to do.
WORLD
March 7, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing remained missing hours after it lost contact with air traffic controllers Saturday, and a search-and-rescue effort was underway, officials said. Flight MH370, with 227 passengers and 12 crew members aboard, was scheduled to land in the Chinese capital at 6:30 a.m. but did not arrive. It departed from the Malaysian capital at 12:41 a.m. Saturday and lost contact with Malaysian air traffic controllers about two hours later, the airline said.
NEWS
November 1, 1990 | Associated Press
Two fishermen rescued after 25 days adrift in a disabled boat were being treated Wednesday on the way to Puerto Rico, the Coast Guard said. The men, from the Caribbean island of Martinique, were found Tuesday by the crew of a sailboat about 300 miles northeast of San Juan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
Soon after successfully performing their first horse rescue, members of the mounted unit of the Agoura Hills Disaster Response Team are angry at what they said was a surprising and abrupt end to their work. The DRT's Mounted Search and Rescue Team in October helped evacuate horses affected by the Calabasas/Malibu fires, and members said they do not understand why DRT officials dissolved their team.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1997 | BONNIE HAYES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Carole Stanley can lift a refrigerator off a trapped victim in a disaster such as an earthquake. She also knows how to search for and rescue people from a damaged building, the proper way to shore up an unstable wall and how to give cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The retired electrolysis technician learned those skills through a new Anaheim program that trains residents to respond to disasters and emergency situations, right along with police and fire officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1991 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before Walter Roden went strolling in Angeles National Forest, he put food and water into a backpack in case he became lost, as outdoorsmen have done for centuries. But as a modern-day hiker, he also stuck in a cellular phone--which was a lot handier when he got lost. Sheriff's deputies said the Northridge man could have used a compass or a map, but the phone was useful just the same Monday, although it set in motion an eventually unneeded search for Roden.
NEWS
June 9, 1995 | PAUL RICHTER and ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
America rejoiced Thursday at the rescue of a downed F-16 pilot from a rebel Serb-encircled hillside in Bosnia-Herzegovina as Western defense ministers gave the allied effort in the Balkan war new momentum by endorsing the creation of a multinational rapid-reaction force to protect embattled U.N. peacekeepers. Capt. Scott F.
NEWS
December 16, 1994 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A pilot who crashed his small airplane in a canyon south of Palm Springs was rescued Thursday after spending the night in the cold and after his passenger walked five miles down the mountain in darkness to get help despite his own injuries. Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Jon Carlson said James Bixby's treacherous 7 1/2-hour hike that led to the rescue of pilot Nathan Carriker displayed courage and endurance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's volunteer search and rescue team helped canvas neighborhoods around UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday to help find information after a female student was gang raped. “We're looking at all potential areas in the immediate vicinity,” said department spokeswoman Kelly Hoover. Isla Vista, the unincorporated community next to UCSB where the gang rape occurred, is slightly larger than half a square mile but has some 23,000 residents. “It's very dense,” Hoover said.
NATIONAL
May 20, 2013 | By Alana Semuels and Hailey Branson-Potts
As night fell in Oklahoma, a massive search and rescue operation was  underway to locate survivors from the mile-wide tornado that ripped through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday afternoon, killing at least 51 people and injuring many others. “We have got massive devastation in the community of Moore. Homes, schools and a hospital have been hit,” said Terri Watkins, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management.  “Responders are out there responding to people trapped under debris.
SCIENCE
September 12, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
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.
NATIONAL
June 2, 2011 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
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.
NATIONAL
May 26, 2011 | By Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times
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.
NATIONAL
April 28, 2011 | By Richard Fausset and Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
A deadly storm front pummeled Alabama and at least five other Southern states, spawning tornadoes and leaving officials on Thursday facing a climbing death toll, major property damage and an intense search-and-rescue effort after one of the worst such disasters in decades. The number of deaths hit 162 in Alabama alone, with loss of life in Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia and Kentucky bringing the preliminary total to about 250. That number is expected to rise, officials said.
NEWS
June 10, 1995 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An American hero came home to an emotional Main Street welcome in an airplane hangar Friday--and to sobering news from his boss that he had been the victim of an ambush carefully set by the Bosnian Serbs. Air Force Capt. Scott F. O'Grady, safe after eluding capture in Bosnia-Herzegovina for almost six days, fought tears as he addressed an all-American crowd come to salute his return. U.S.
NEWS
November 13, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Rescue workers recovered three more bodies from the ruins of two collapsed apartment buildings near Beirut, the capital, bringing the death toll to nine. Searchers used bulldozers, jackhammers, shovels and their bare hands to look for a woman who remained missing. In addition, 27 people were injured when the two adjacent four-story apartment buildings collapsed while many residents slept early Saturday in Naameh on the Mediterranean coast.
OPINION
June 30, 2010 | Sean Dolan
Now that Abby Sunderland is safe and sound and the major part of the hullabaloo about her distress and rescue has died down, I would like to weigh in with some thoughts from the perspective of 36 years at sea, with 18 of them spent as captain and chief mate of a number of container ships. I am not going to speak to the question of Mr. and Mrs. Sunderland's parental wisdom — or lack thereof — in encouraging, allowing, and facilitating Abby's ill-conceived voyage. I'll leave that to the psychologists and social workers.
WORLD
January 16, 2010 | By Mark Silva
With hundreds of American firefighters involved in a furtive search-and-rescue operation in Haiti working against the clock, the U.S. government was flying medical teams, food and water into the earthquake-stricken nation for a relief effort of historic proportions. Four days after an earthquake that has claimed tens of thousands of lives and left the capital in ruins, an expanded search and rescue in the rubble of Port-au-Prince will soon transition to a relief effort. Search-and-rescue operations were to continue at least through the weekend.
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