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June 10, 2023
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Lost Hunters Rescued After Three Days in Wilderness (Photo)
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Lost Hunters Rescued After Three Days in Wilderness (Photo)

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RURAL PROSPECT, Ore. - Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) located two missing hunters in the Huckleberry Mountain area nearby Prospect, Ore. around 1:30 this afternoon. The hunters, husband and wife aged 72 and 68, were found after being out in the elements for three days and two nights. The lost hunters were successfully rescued by SAR personnel, friends, and family members. A SAR hiking team and K9 unit were tracking them when the lost hunters responded to the rescuer’s verbal calls. SAR personnel treated them on scene for hypothermia and minor injuries and prepped them for litter carry. Friends and family assisted SAR personnel with carrying them out to an awaiting Mercy Flights ambulance where they were transported to a local hospital. 

SAR began searching the area yesterday with K9, vehicles, and a ground team. SAR personnel searched through the night but were unable to locate the hunters. This morning SAR initiated another callout to assist with the search including ATV, mounted horseback, ground hikers, vehicles, and drone. Conditions in the area were cold and rainy with low clouds making searching difficult and limiting air operations. California Oregon Regional Search and Rescue Task Force (CORSAR) was on scene assisting with the search. 

Thank you to the US Forest Service, Josephine County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and the many friends and family that came out to assist.

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