SAR Volunteers Handle Multiple Missions over the Weekend
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue volunteers had a busy, busy weekend. Between Friday, August 29, 2014 and Sunday, August 31, 2014 Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers responded to four separate missions. The first mission started Friday night around 6:00 p.m., when two hikers failed to return home. The two individuals, a 23 year old woman and 60 year old male from Medford, went hiking in the Applegate and became lost in California. The SAR volunteers assisted Siskiyou County in a three days search for the two people. Dozens of volunteers from several counties assisted. While lost in the California wilderness, the pair found a cabin and stayed there. The male ended up getting extremely sick. The female, left the cabin in search for help on Sunday. The female was located on Sunday afternoon and the male a short time later. They were both rescued on Sunday afternoon by Alert One, Jackson County air support. The pair were flown to Applegate Lake, where they met a Mercy Flights Helicopter and were flown to a local hospital where they both were treated and released.
During the search for the two missing people in the Applegate, a female in her 40’s knocked on the Search and Rescue Command Trailer door, on Saturday afternoon to report her friend had fallen while they were hiking the Middle Fork Trail, in the Applegate and was unable to move due to a knee injury. Jackson County SAR sent in a ground team to assist the hiking group. Jackson County Alert One located the 43 year old female from Medford from the air and rescued her. The female was transported by a vehicle to receive medical treatment.
On Saturday evening, a 17 year old female called 911 when she became lost and separated from her group while hiking on Mt. McLoughlin. Ground teams were sent towards Mt. McLoughlin, but Jackson County Alert One located the female and rescued her just before dark.
Finally, on Sunday, August 31, 2014 around 3:30 there was a boat accident on Lost Creek Lake. A couple from Gold Hill were fishing by the dam when their boat was swamped with water and waves and began to sink. Volunteers and marine deputies were dispatched to the area to help. Luckily, the two were both wearing personal floatation devices and were rescued by boaters nearby. Jackson County will assist the couple with removing the boat on a later date.