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DPS Aero Bureau Report – Early June 2022

Wednesday June 15, 2022
View from TFO helmet cam shows people in slot canyon waiting to be rescued
View from Tactical Flight Officer Napierski’s helmet camera shows members of the group waiting to be hoisted out of Sandthrax Canyon.

Aero Bureau Report: We flew 16 missions this week.

Heat strokes, lost parties, missing individuals, 24 people hoisted from slot canyons.

19 were hoisted out of Sandthrax Canyon after being stranded for 30 hours.

After 19 hoists, a refuel, and 2 hours of blade time, we were pleased to find everyone was in good condition.

Please go prepared, know before you head out, and be safe.

The photos and videos below show portions of that operation from the hoist camera and a helmet camera.

This version includes some of the Tactical Flight Officer’s helmet cam footage.

“The helicopter crew that came to rescue the group is one of the most highly trained crews in the United States. Pulling these kids out of the hole was like threading a needle — that’s how they got them out.”

Garfield County Sheriff Danny Perkins

Read a story from Fox News with more quotes from Sheriff Perkins, as well as quotes from Tactical Flight Officer Sgt. Napierski here.

View from DPS Hoist cam shows TFO on the hoist
TFO Middaugh guides TFO Napierski on the hoist
View from TFO helmet cam shows people in slot canyon waiting to be rescued
TFO Napierski’s helmet cam shows members of the group huddling in the slot canyon.
View from TFO helmet cam shows people in slot canyon waiting to be rescued
View from TFO Napierski’s helmet cam shows members of the group waiting to be hoisted out of the slot canyon.

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