Lost Cross Country Skier, Swampy Lakes Trail

Date: 2/10/2014

Lost Cross Country Skier, Swampy Lakes Trail

On 02-10-2014 at about 3:20 pm, Deschutes County 911 received a call from a female (Sophia Thundercloud) requesting help as she had become disoriented and lost after having lunch at the Swede Shelter while skiing the Swampy Lakes trail system.

Deschutes County Search and Rescue dispatched 20 personnel, making up 1 command team, 3 Nordic Teams and Two Snowmobile teams. The AirLink Helicopter was also requested to assist with the search, but was unable to reach the area due to adverse weather. Ms. Thundercloud’s cell phone was “pinged” several times and an approximate location was determined.

At about 6:30 pm, one of the snowmobile teams encountered down trees across the trail and was unable to continue on the machines. That team proceeded with the search on snow shoes and at approximately 7:00 pm, they located Ms. Thundercloud about 5-1/2 miles from the Swampy Lakes Snow Park. Ms. Thundercloud was in good health, just cold and tired. Ms. Thundercloud had ventured out without lighting but was dressed appropriately and did have fire making material and had started a small warming fire.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office SAR Volunteers were able to assist Ms. Thundercloud out and get her home without further incident.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind all Back Country users to prepare for changing weather, take a well charged cell phone and a GPS, water and other basic needs in case they encounter adverse conditions and need to be out in the weather for a prolonged period of time.

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