CAP participates in search and rescue
Published: Thursday, July 25th, 2013
The South Dakota Civil Air Patrol (CAP) braved rain showers and strong gusts of wind for its annual search and rescue exercise (SAREX) and encampment held at the Custer County airport.
Over 150 cadets from 12 to 21 years of age and senior members from South Dakota and North Dakota participated in the joint, large-scale mock rescue exercise. Cadets from Nebraska, Colorado and Texas also participated.
The event came at the end of a weeklong joint Dakota Emergency Services encampment which teaches cadets leadership and emergency services skills.
The exercise, which ran Thursday through Saturday, provided cadets the opportunity to practice the skills they learned during the encampment. Senior members also received important training through the SAREX.
While only a few senior members knew the exact scenarios, the mock rescue for the SAREX was a missing man who neglected to return home from his fishing trip at Stockade Lake in Custer State Park. Another scenario that was introduced later in the SAREX was a missing aircraft.
A third scenario was later thrown in when the missing man’s brother, who helped join the search, also disappeared. He was later found and taken to the hospital with a leg injury.
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