CENTENNIAL, Colo. (10/27/11) – The Colorado Army National Guard assisted in the recovery of a body in Mesa County today.
The COARNG was called upon yesterday assist the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office in the search for a lost hunter, but an aircrew wasn’t able to launch due to inclement weather.
One OH-58 Kiowa helicopter and one UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, with a combined crew of five Colorado Army National Guard Citizen-Soldiers on board, launched this morning from the High-altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site in Gypsum, Colo., to aid in the search.
The search for the missing hunter ended at approximately 11 a.m. today, when spotters in the Black Hawk helicopter flying in the area of Mosquito Lake spotted who they thought was the missing hunter. At about the same time, searchers on horseback also saw the missing hunter, who was found deceased.
The helicopter and crew have recovered the body.
HAATS performs a critical mission, providing life-saving combat aviation skills to American pilots serving in mountainous Afghanistan and other austere environments around the world.
HAATS is located between Vail and Glenwood Springs, Colo. The school trains military rotary-wing pilots from around the world in power management, which gives pilots the knowledge and confidence to operate their aircraft routinely and safely at maximum gross weights in any environment and especially at high altitudes in a power-limited environment.
Rescue efforts are coordinated through the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, which notifies the Colorado National Guard’s Joint Operations Center in Centennial, Colo. AFRCC ties into the Federal Aviation Administration’s alerting system and the U.S. Mission Control Center.
For more information on this mission, visit: http://sheriff.mesacounty.us/pressreleases.aspx.