Date: May 12, 2022, 10:29 am

Bates County law enforcement were active in a search and rescue Wednesday.

According to the Bates County Sheriff's Office, at about 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, they received a call from the Bates County Hospital in reference to searching for a 77 year old male who had fallen and injured himself while mushroom hunting. The area to search was over 400 acres, and additional resources were called upon. Buter Fire Department responded with multiple staff members, fire trucks, and their gator search and rescue vehicle. The Sheriff's Posse was activated to respond with search and rescue 4 wheelers along with the mounted posse. Missouri State Patrol Troopers responded to help along with a request of the Highway Patrol Plane. Additional Deputies responded with aerial drones and the county-owned search and rescue horses. The drones were able to locate the missing subjects' truck and search efforts began to try and backtrack his steps.
At about 3:00 p.m., the deputies mounted on horseback were able to locate the subject in a heavily treed area that was not accessible to 4-wheelers and UTVs. Deputies were able to guide additional rescuers and EMS into the location of the injured subject, who was transported to the Bates County Hospital for treatment.

Bates County Sheriff Chad Anderson noted that the mounted patrol program is less than a year old and said, "This is the second time we have deployed horses for the purpose of search and rescue. Outcomes like today prove to me that the program has a place with us and is an asset to our community."

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