Released by: Dep Kyle Joye, Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator
Occurred: 12-18-20 12:27 pm
Location: Swampy Lakes Snow Park
Rescued: Karen Dye 60 year old female

On 12/18/20 at about 12:27 PM, Deschutes County Dispatch received a 911 call near Swampy Lakes Snow Park regarding an injured skier, later identified as Karen Dye, who had fallen, suffering minor injuries but was unable to make it back to the snow park. The caller reported that parties on scene had begun to render aid but were going to need assistance getting Dye back to the snow park. Two Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and eleven Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Volunteers responded to assist.
Search and Rescue volunteers traveled about 2.5 miles to Dye via snowmobile and snowshoe from Swampy Lake Snow Park, reaching her at about 2:48 pm. Dye was treated and then transported via snowmobile to Swampy Lakes Snow Park, arriving at about 3:30 pm. Dye went with her husband to seek her own medical treatment.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 259 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.