TERREBONNE, OR -- A 20-year-old man was rescued from Smith Rock State Park, after he was reported missing, Tuesday evening. Family reported Jared Irick overdue at about 7:30 p.m., after finding his van at the park. He was reportedly wearing jeans and a t-shirt, with no additional safety equipment.
Two Deschutes County Deputies responded to the park, along with 18 Search and Rescue volunteers. An AirLink helicopter was also dispatched to aid in the search effort.
Friends also responded to the park and began searching. One heard what they believed to be a call for help coming from the northeast end of the park. Irick was found on the Wolf Tree Trail near the Burma Road Trail, around 10:30 p.m. He was wet and cold but able to hike out on his own, with his friend and SAR volunteers.
DCSO says Irick became lost after dark and at one point entered the river in an attempt to cross to the other side. They say he "rightfully determined the river crossing was too dangerous and turned back." He eventually saw the headlamps of searchers and called out for help.
The Sheriff's Office reminds recreators to always plan for the unexpected. They say even short hikes can get extended for unforeseen reasons.