BEND, OR -- A pair of snowmobilers from Bend was rescued Saturday morning, after spending a very cold night near Mt. Bachelor. Seth Elliff’s wife called 911 late Friday to report her husband and his friend Zachary Druckrey couldn’t be reached and were several hours overdue.
Deputies found their vehicles at Kapka Butte Snow Park, at 11 p.m., and began a widespread search effort, including help from the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. Druckrey was finally able to call 911 at about 7:40 Saturday morning and dispatchers provided coordinates of his phone's location, within about a half-mile.
AirLink was dispatched to the area and, during a grid search, one man was found just after 9 a.m. The AirLink team sent ground crews (pictured, above) to his location and found Elliff at about 10:15 a.m. A second team located Druckrey about 15 minutes later.
They told rescuers they were traversing Trail #6 when they inadvertently traveled downhill into the watershed terrain. At about 6 p.m., they realized they were lost and didn't know which way to go. Search and Rescue says the pair was able to make a small warming fire, and they had food, water, map and shovel. They placed one of their phones into "airplane" mode to conserve the battery.