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Search And Rescue Saves Man After Being Stranded in Snow for Two Days (Photo)
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Search And Rescue Saves Man After Being Stranded in Snow for Two Days (Photo)

JCSO Case 22-7087


PROSPECT, Ore. - Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) Search and Rescue (SAR) saved a 77-year-old man this morning after he was stranded in the snow for two days. SAR vehicle teams and the Snowcat began looking for the man last night at 1:55 a.m. after he was reported missing in the area of Elk Creek Road outside of Prospect. The SAR Snowcat located the man around 8 a.m. this morning approximately 10 miles off the Elk Creek Rd. on National Forest Road 6640. Two days ago, he attempted to turn his truck around before becoming stuck in two to three feet of snow. He spent the last two nights in his truck without a functioning heater but was located in good spirits with a mild case of hypothermia.


During this winter season always be prepared even if you aren’t planning on driving in the snow. Bring supplies including blankets, food, and water. Make sure you tell someone where you are going and include the route, and especially what time you will be back. This ensures SAR will know your general location and begin searching as soon as possible.


Thank you to the SAR volunteers for a successful mission.

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