CULTUS LAKE, OR -- A Portland man hiking near Cultus Lake over the weekend suffered a medical emergency Tuesday morning and was rescued by Deschutes County Search and Rescue Teams.
According to the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, 34-year-old Christopher Ray contacted his wife Sunday saying he expected to finish his hike early and would be home by Monday. She called the Sheriff’s Office Tuesday after she didn’t hear from him.
Ray is an experienced hiker who was reportedly dressed appropriately and prepared for the conditions.
Lane County deputies were brought in to assist in the search, his cell phone was pinged and a DCSO SAR team on horseback found Ray south of Muskrat Lake on the Winopee Lake Trail. He was receiving help from other hikers but needed immediate medical attention.
Ray was taken to a waiting helicopter at Cultus Lake and was transported to St. Charles Bend.