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Last Updated on Jan 23 2019, 7:53 am AKST
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Wind: NE at 13mph
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Bethel Search and Rescue
Welcome to our Website!
Bethel Search & Rescue (BSAR) is located in Bethel, Alaska.
BSAR conducts search and rescue missions in Bethel and the surrounding villages in coordination with the Alaska State Troopers, Bethel Police, Village Public Safety Officers, and other SAR teams from area villages.
To report a missing person in the Bethel region, call 911 or (907)545-HELP.
File a Trip Plan BEFORE You Go!Make it easy on those out looking for you! File a Trip Plan!
Alaska State Trooper Trip Plan
Bethel Search and Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that operates on the support of the people and organizations in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region and beyond. By supporting BSAR, supporters become partners in SAR missions. Each supporter should know that when a SAR mission is completed or successful, they have made it possible to find lost victims. Many thanks to all of our supporters, both individuals and businesses.
Bethel Search and Rescue
P.O. Box 2633
Bethel, AK 99559
Click here to see recent Alaska Dispatch article on our river conditions:
“Use Extreme Caution”
November 25, 2014 – Bethel Search & Rescue River Survey*
With a few cooler days and the light dusting of snow, BSAR & Trooper Pilot Earl Samuelson decided this would be a good day to do an aerial survey prior to the holiday weekend. The area covered was from Napakiak to the ice jam at Coffee’s Bend below Kalskag. This is what was observed.
The recent cool weather has helped the River heal up a little and allow People to start resuming some of their normal early winter activities close to their communities – like setting nets under the ice and manaqing (ice fishing), but it hasn’t been enough. There are still open holes near every community – too many to count and some in unusual places. Ice thickness reports have been averaging about 6”. The River is mostly smooth except for the jammed area at Coffee’s Bend. The ice at Aniak just stopped moving early this morning. Main River travel on the Lower Kuskokwim is not recommended at this time.
A Few Examples of the Many Open Holes near Our Communities:
SHORT & DEADLY:
THERE IS A MINIMUM OF 5 OPEN HOLES BETWEEN NAPASKIAK & BETHEL
THERE IS A MINIMUM OF 6 OPEN HOLES BETWEEN BETHEL & THE MOUTH OF THE GWEEK RIVER
Beware of following the single snow machine or ATV track unless you know who made it and you trust them
Things are getting better but we’re still way behind on winter. Remember those good years when we could travel on the River to nearby villages by truck on Thanksgiving?
A little more patience and a lot of caution is needed yet.
Be Safe & Happy Thanksgiving from BSAR
*Please note: This is not an advisory that it is safe for travel. It is for informational purposes only.