Bethel Search and Rescue
Welcome to our site. Bethel Search & Rescue is located in Bethel, AK. To report a missing person in the Bethel region, call 911 or 545-HELP.

BSAR conducts search and rescue missions in Bethel and surrounding villages in coordination with the Alaska State Troopers, Bethel Police, Village Safety Police Officers, and other SAR teams from area villages.





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Bethel Search and Rescue

is a 14(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.

Mighty Mouse ses...

...And Proud Of It!

Tougher in Alaska and BSAR

In 2008, Tougher in Alaska and its host Geo Beach came to Bethel and filmed a number of BSAR activities. While they hoped to film an actual search mission, none occurred so then a mock search was conducted and put into the final cut of the TV Series' "Frozen Freeways" episode. BSAR also conducted Kuskokim River ice checks along an Ice Road and made markers between trails to other communities near Bethel which did not make the final cut.

The tough get ready - The film crew of Tougher in Alaska zeroes in on BSAR leader Peter Atchak as he explains what BSAR is planning to do that day. Other BSAR members get equipment ready for the day's shooting.

Cutting the ice - BSAR member Mark Leary chainsaws through the Kuskokwim River ice in order to check its thickness along a well established Ice Road. These winter-only trails on the frozen river connects outlying villages to the larger community of Bethel, which is a regional hub center in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. When ice is too thin, markers are put up around the danger area to warn travelers to stay away from it.

Trail Marking - BSAR's Norman Jasper (orange vest) shows Geo Beach (green vest) how SAR personnel in each village might cut down brush to make winter trail markers. Markers are usually set every 100-200 feet on trails between villages to prevent travelers from getting disoriented in winter as snow blizzards create very low visibility and can easily cause people to get lost in the wilderness. In the foreground, Mike Riley cuts brush to a desired length.

Ice checking - Geo Beach of Tougher in Alaska participates in testing or checking how thick the winter ice is along the Kuskokwim River Ice Road. BSAR members Peter Atchak (orange vest) and Randy Turner stand by to assist while Mark Leary explains the process and why it is needed.

Unfrozen winter water - Peter Atchak shows Geo Beach how deep some of the river overflow gets in winter. This was the very spot where some travelers had gotten stuck and wet, and needed help in getting out of a dire situation. Some of the BSAR members had gone to assist the waterlogged travelers.

The warm grass - Peter Atchak shows Geo Beach the type of grass and how to stuff your wet (or dry) clothes to keep warm or prevent dying of hypothermia in winter. The idea is to stuff your sleeves, pants, and body parts with as much grass that can be held between the outer parka and clothes or skin. The grass creates a pocket of air that is warmed by body heat, thereby enabling a person to survive a dunking in water.