Released by: Deputy Kyle Joye – Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator
Date/time: 01-30-22 at 12:56 PM
Location: Snowmobile trail 5 approximately 3 miles from Dutchman Snow Park
Rescued Subject: 64 year old female, Bend OR
On 01-30-22, at about 12:56 PM, Deschutes County Dispatch received a 911 call regarding an injured snowmobiler on Trail 5 three miles west from Dutchman Snow Park.
A Deputy made phone contact with the reporting party who informed the Deputy the rider had struck a downed tree and had injured herself to the point she would need assistance back to the snow park to an ambulance. Six Search and Rescue volunteers responded to the call along with one Special Services Deputy. While en-route to the call, one of the volunteers with advanced life support (ALS) training made contact with the reporting party and learned the patient’s condition was worsening. With this information the Special Services Deputy requested an air ambulance respond to the scene.
At approximately 1422 hours, a hasty medical team arrived on scene with the patient around the same time an Airlink Helicopter was able to land. Patient care was conducted by SAR volunteers in conjunction with Airlink and the patient was loaded by approximately 1445 hours. The patient was then transported to St. Charles Hospital via Airlink.
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.