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.

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We will update this site in the very near future. Please keep tuned.



No results in search for Kotlik boy

A SAR canine meets residents on arrival in Kotlik last week to aid in the search for a missing 4-year-old boy. Photo by Earl Samuelson.

May 27, 2014

Kotlik - Nothing is coming up for volunteers looking for the 4-year-old boy missing in Kotlik despite an exhaustive search, says a source close to the SAR effort for the child.

The search is spanning an area from the village to the Norton Sound, and since Kotlik is not a large village, volunteers are not in huge numbers. However, volunteers from Marshall are willing to head to Kotlik if they can find a way down to relieve searchers that have been looking for the last nine days.

The three SAR dogs from Anchorage returned to their home base on Sunday. The Alaska State Troopers has two boats in the search but are soon to begin winding down their efforts as well.

When the State withdraws from the search, village searchers will be on their own and depend on donations or their own resources to keep looking.


Search for boy turns into recovery effort

May 22, 2014

Kotlik - New information revealed during a SAR debriefing this morning in Kotlik has searchers focusing today on a certain section of the river alongside the village.

It was reported that the 4-year-old boy was playing with others near the riverbank when he slipped and fell into the river. Another boy tried to save him but couldn't.

Searchers from BSAR and Kotlik are currently trying to find the boy's body using underwater cameras, sonar and drag equipment.

Also on the scene are Alaska State Troopers and SAR dogs from Anchorage which are assisting in trying to find the boy.

Also see KYUK's story here.


BSAR search team heads to Kotlik

May 21, 2014

BSAR Headquarters - BSAR volunteers Sam Samuelson, Bob Samuelson, and Jim Pete have gone and arrived in Kotlik today to assist with the search of the 4 year-old child that has been missing since May 19.

The BSARs brought along with them two underwater cameras and one sonar, along with drag bars as the search has become both a search and recovery operation. Kotlik SAR volunteers are also dragging the Kotlik Slough.


Missing child in Kotlik prompts search

May 21, 2014

On May 20, BSAR received a request for assistance from volunteers in Kotlik that said they were looking for a 4-year-old boy missing for 24 hours.

According to an Alaska State Trooper report, the Kotlik Police Department and community members have been looking for the child since he was reported missing by his parents. They say the boy was out playing with a friend and failed to return home the evening of May 19.

Soon afterwards, a ground search was conducted covering the entire village of Kotlik, as well as a search of the river and nearby slough. Troopers from Emmonak, Bethel and St. Mary's also responded and assisted in the search yesterday.

In addition, three SAR dogs were deployed from Anchorage and are assisting in the search. State aircraft are also assisting with the search.