Sent on 7/28/2013 5:22:56 PM
On July 28, 2013, at approximately 8:55 a.m., the Pima County Sheriff’s Department received information from a rancher that believed he spotted someone on the north side of the Santa Catalina Mountains, near Davis Springs. He was able to provide global positioning system (GPS) coordinates of where he believed the man was last seen, and the Sheriff’s Air Unit was directed to that location. They located Mr. Scott Bertrand in that area and were able to successfully rescue him. He was found in good health and transported to a safe location were other rescue personnel awaited to further evaluate his condition. He was ultimately reunited with his family at the Sheriff’s Department Rincon District station. While at the station, a second evaluation was performed by medical personnel, and it was determined that Mr. Bertrand did not need any further medical attention and was not transported to the hospital. Today’s rescue was the first of its kind utilizing the new Department helicopter and rescue hoist. This search and rescue operation was successful because of the cooperation of all the agencies involved. Special thanks go out to the Southern Arizona Rescue Association (SARA), Southwest Rescue Dogs, Inc. (SARDI), Southern Arizona Mounted Search and Rescue (SAMSAR), and Arizona Department of Public Safety Air Rescue Tucson.