Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Andi Bourne

Plan for the best, train for the worst


January 17, 2019

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

SSSAR volunteer David Wallenburn and Missoula County Sheriff's Deputy Heath Hanson (red) talking with volunteer Jon Haufler prior to rescuing "victim" Sergeant Bob Parcell on Salmon Lake, Saturday, Jan. 12.

SEELEY LAKE – Seeley-Swan Search and Rescue took their training down to Salmon Lake for the earliest cold water training they have ever had Jan. 12. While they have yet to use the annual training during an incident, the volunteers agree that it is a good refresher.

Missoula County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Bob Parcell said SSSAR has around 10 volunteers certified in cold water rescue. This is the earliest they have ever held the training since it is the earliest they have ever had access to the inlet at Salmon.

As Parcell pointed to many fishermen on Salmon Lake, he said, "This kind of a...

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