Released by: Lt. Mike Biondi – Search and Rescue Coordinator
Date/time: 07/13/21 at 05:36 a.m.
Location: South Sister near Lewis Glacier
Injured: Sebulski, Madison – 19 years old female – Bend, Oregon
Reporting party: Sebulski, Joe
On 07/13/21 at about 5:36 a.m., Deschutes County 911 received a phone call from Bob Sebulski who reported his 19 year old daughter, Madison, was injured while they were hiking South Sister. Deschutes County dispatch was able to obtain accurate coordinates for the hiking party who were about 300 feet southwest of the peak of Lewis Glacier.
Nine Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue volunteers along with two deputies responded to the call. Air Link was contacted and agreed assist SAR with the rescue. Air Link transported two SAR medical team members from St. Charles Medical Center to the general area of the parties’ location. At 08:35 a.m they were able to reach and stabilize Madison. At the same time, the remaining SAR members began to hike to their location from the Devil’s Lake Trailhead. At about 10:20 a.m. the remaining SAR volunteers reached the group and began transporting Madison via wheeled litter down the trail to a safe landing zone.
Air Link was again contacted and agreed to respond and transport Madison to the hospital. At 1:13 p.m. Air Link transported Madison to Saint Charles Medical Center – Bend with non-life threatening injuries. The SAR volunteers then escorted Joe back to the trailhead arriving at about 3pm.
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.