MADRAS, OR -- Jefferson County Search and Rescue teams were busy Tuesday night with two separate missions involving people lost or stuck in the snow.
Sheriff Jim Adkins says the first was a man whose truck got stuck – the SAR team was able to pull him out using a tracked vehicle. "People need to think about where they’re going and be prepared in case they do get stuck and need to spend the night out somewhere; so they have blankets, food and water. People need to know when they get off the main roads, that there is a likelihood that the secondary roads are not being groomed."
In the second mission, a ten-member team spent several hours searching for a Camp Sherman woman who failed to return from an evening walk with her two dogs. Crews fanned out across the area and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue was put on standby, although not activated. Sheriff Adkins says she was unaware of the massive effort when she arrived home on her own at about 4 a.m., nearly 11 hours later. He tells KBND News she was very lucky, "The only thing that she complained about was wet feet; that she was well-dressed for the elements and she and her dogs were just fine."
She reportedly got turned around in the snow. He says, although neither subject was in grave danger, the two missions weren't wasted efforts. "Even for us, it’s a great training opportunity for the real thing, anytime we can go out and put our skills to the test. You come back from a mission like this and you critique; you interview the subject who was lost and find out how we missed her in our search. Where was she when we were in a particular area? What could we have done differently to actually locate her?"