Friday, April 25, 2014

Saturday was busy for the Clatsop County Search and Rescue team. At about 11:06 AM, the Sheriff's Office received a report of an overdue hunter in the Elsie area. Rob Kruger reported is brother, Don Kruger of Warrenton, had left the vehicle for a short hunt which was only to take a few minutes.

After two hours had passed and Don had not returned, Rob contacted the Sheriff's Office. Deputies Walker and Nelson responded and the Search and Rescue (SAR) team activated. At approximately 1:00pm, Don reached his destination and contacted Deputy Nelson. Don knew where he was and not in any distress.

At about 7:22 PM Sheriff's Deputies and Cannon Beach Fire responded to a report of a 16 year-old paraglider who had been caught by strong winds and blown inland to an unknown location. The youth was able to describe some visual reference points and a Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle's overhead lights in the distance prior to his cell phone battery depleting. The search area was established and the SAR team was activated. With assistance from the youth's family, SAR searched the area of Necanicum Mainline and Klootchie Creek, on the Lewis and Clark Tree Farm, operated by the Campbell Group. Shortly before 3:00 AM, the youth was located on the Clatsop Fir Rd. by his family and friends. He was in good condition and spirits.

The Sheriff's Office SAR program is comprised of three elements, Ground SAR, High Angle Rescue and Under Water Recovery. The teams are comprised of unpaid professionals, volunteering their time to provide enhanced responses to a variety of missions. These missions can include injured or lost hikers, hunters, evidence searches, cliff rescues and dive responses. The Sheriff's Office is currently accepting applications for the ground Search and Rescue Team. Interested persons can pick up an application at the Sheriff's Office. For more information, please contact Sgt. Matt Phillips.

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