Released by: Deputy Kyle Joye – Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator

Date/time: 01-16-22 at 11:34 AM

Location: Tangent Trail just east of Swampy Lakes Snow Park

Rescued Subjects:   31 year old female, Redmond OR


On 01-16-22, at about 11:34 AM, Deschutes County Dispatch received a 911 call regarding an injured skier on the Tangent Trail between Swampy Lakes Snow Park and Virginia Meissner Snow Park.

A Deputy made phone contact with the reporting person, who informed the Deputy that the injured female would need assistance to get out to the parking lot at Swampy Lakes Snow Park.  Six Search and Rescue volunteers and one Special Services Deputy responded to the call.

The six volunteers were able to make their way to the patient using snow shoes, arriving at approximately 12:30 PM. Members of the medical team assessed the females physical condition and provided aid, including placing her into a litter and carrying her to the highway where she was assisted into a personal vehicle.

The female stated she did not need any further assistance and would seek her own medical care.

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 five 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.