LINN CO., OR -- A Redmond hunter was rescued from the Mount Jefferson Wilderness Tuesday morning, after he fell ill while camping on the Pacific Crest Trail. The Linn County Sheriff's Office first received a report Monday at about 9:45 p.m. that Curtis Nitschelm was unable to move. Life Light responded at about 11 p.m. and attempted to recover the 64-year-old but was unable to land.
Linn County Search and Rescue volunteers arrived at the Cabot Lake Trailhead in Jefferson County, which is the closes access point to the Linn County location where the patient was camping near South Cinder Peak. SAR hiked through the night and provided immediate medical attention to the man. A Coast Guard helicopter arrived to hoist him up at about 8 a.m. Tuesday. He was flown to the Redmond Airport and then taken by ambulance to the hospital.