Released by:          Dep. Joshua Westfall, Assistant Search And Rescue Coordinator

Occurred:              10/21/18     3:46 PM

Location:               Forest land near Swampy Lakes Snow Park

Rescued:               Juvenile male (name withheld), Bend, OR



On 10/21/18 at about 3:48 pm, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue unit received a 911 call from Tom Mazaitis, who reported that a juvenile mountain biker in his party had fallen and sustained injury on a trail in the forest about three miles northwest of the Swampy Lakes Snow Park.

One Deschutes County Sheriff Search and Rescue volunteer with the SAR medical team initially responded to the scene to evaluate and treat the juvenile. While the juvenile was being treated, 11 additional DCSO SAR volunteers responded to the scene to assist. DCSO SAR volunteers then transported the juvenile to the Swampy Lakes Trailhead via wheeled litter where they met the Bend Fire Department. The juvenile was then transported to St. Charles Bend by ambulance to receive treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Bend Fire Department for their assistance during this incident.


The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service organization providing patrol, criminal investigations, corrections, civil and search and rescue. Special operations include Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 units. Founded in 1916 and today directed by Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the more than 185,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 232 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 180 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.