Released by: Dep. Shane Zook, Assistant Search And Rescue Coordinator
Occurred: 01/16/2021 7:19 PM
Location: Elk Lake Lodge
Rescued: Shaver, Kevin Bend, OR, 50 yo male
On 01/16/21 at about 7:19 PM, Deschutes County Dispatch received a 911 call from Rebecca Shaver, stating that her husband, Kevin Shaver, had been involved in a snowmobile accident and needed transportation from Elk Lake Lodge, back to the Dutchman Flat Snow Park.
A Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Special Services Deputy contacted the Shaver’s by phone. The Shaver’s explained that Kevin’s crash had happened at about 3:00 PM, and they were currently back at the Elk Lake Resort cabin that they were staying in. Due to the potential injuries that Shaver may have received from the crash, it was determined that Shaver needed to be transported out for medical treatment as soon as possible.
Elk Lake Lodge is not accessible by vehicle this time of year, as Cascade Lakes Highway is closed for winter. The Specical Services Deputy made arrangements with the staff at Elk Lake Lodge for Shaver’s transport. Four volunteers with Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue responded to Elk Lake Lodge on snowmobiles. Two SAR medical team members rode with, and monitored Shaver’s condition during transport as Elk Lake Lodge used one of their tracked vehicles to transport Shaver back out to Dutchman Flat Snow Park.
A medic unit with Bend Fire and Rescue was staged at Dutchman Flat Snow Park as Shaver arrived. Shaver declined transport via ambulance and had his wife drive him to Bend, where he planned to seek further medical treatment.
All DCSO resources returned to quarters by 1:00AM. DCSO would like to thank Elk Lake Lodge and Bend Fire and Rescue for their assistance in this rescue.
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.