SDMRT 2018-08 Vista

SDMRT Operations Report 2018-08 Vista

SDMRT 2018-08 Vista

July 22,2018

SDMRT Responders: Jesse Ma


Other responding organizations SDSAR(16)

Short Summary:

  • Type of callout: Limited
  • In-county
  • Type of search: missing person search.
  • Environment: urban
  • Location
    • Last Known Point / Point Last Seen:
    • Command Post: Vista Courthouse, 325 Melrose Drive, Vista, CA 92081
    • Found:
  • Operational periods, if applicable
    • Earliest time of activity: callout time, 1629 July 22, 2018,
    • Ending time: 2015 July 22, 2018 3hr 14min
  • Information about the subjects:
    • Number/names of subjects: 1, Francisco Larios
    • Age / Gender: 83 yo/ male
    • Level of fitness and experience: Two recent strokes. Unable to speak.
    • Mental status: Unknown
    • Injuries: –
    • How were they found: –
  • Any rescuers injured: none
  • Aircraft used: ASTREA helicopter using voice attraction and info.

Lessons learned/ suggestions for future operations:

The call came out on 4:29 pm, to search for Francisco Larios, an 83-year old last seen in his daughter’s house in Vista at 6:30am that morning. A total of roughly 17 people from both teams responded to the call-out. The search area was concentrated within north of 78, east of Vista Village Dr, and south and west of Civic Center Dr. The subject wasn’t really considered "at risk". The only medical condition he has is that he had two strokes last year, leaving him unable to speak or write. The teams were deployed mainly as motorized teams not in uniform, as an unrelated active shooting event was ongoing at the same time in the area. We didn’t find anything to go on. The search was suspended at around 8:15pm.

Message from Cmd. Frank Motley:

I wanted to take a moment and thank everyone that was involved in the two searches we had last night. Our first call-out was to Vista, for Francisco Larios. Division Leader Ernie Cowan took the lead on this search, and began coordinating the efforts in Vista. While this search was still underway, and about 8 hours in, we received a second call-out to Spring Valley for missing at risk subject, Charles Panerosa. R/Captain Eric Hanigan took the lead on this one.

As the search in Vista was suspended, several SAR/SDMRT folks made their way south to participate in this second search, which speaks volumes of the level of professionalism displayed by our volunteers. RVs Larry Werner and Richard Skrivanek ultimately made the find for Mr. Panerosa, who had fallen in a large yard and was disoriented, in pain, and very cold. Larry got out of Richard’s vehicle to search a long driveway that he could not see from the vehicle and that little extra effort likely saved Mr Panerosa’s life.

It’s efforts such as this that make the differences between life and death, and I could not be more proud of SAR and SDMRT. Always keep in mind that there is a victim, and a victim’s family, as the base of every call-out, and your extra efforts can make the difference between life and death. A tremendous endeavor last night rewarded us with a safe subject and a grateful family. Well done to all who participated.