DESCHUTES COUNTY, Ore. – The Deschutes County Sheriff Office says they rescued a sick hiker near Mattheiu Lake late Tuesday night.
Deputies say around 9:15 p.m. they received a 911 call for help from a Mary Johnson, 69, of Sioux City, Iowa, saying she had been backpacking and had become severely ill and could not continue.
Johnson said she and her husband Pete Johnson, 78, of Sioux City, Iowa, left the Lava Camp Lake Trail Head at 1 p.m. that afternoon and were well equipped for their hike. But due to her illness, Mary Johnson said she needed help getting back to the trail head.
At around 11:15 p.m., Deschutes County Search and Rescue began their trek to the Johnsons, using the GPS coordinates given from phone.
Search and Rescue personnel hiked nearly three miles to the pair and found them around 1:30 a.m. They assessed Mary Johnson’s condition and immediately removed from the area. Johnson was secured to a wheeled litter and the team began the hike back to the trail head.
Shortly after 4:30 a.m. the team arrived back at the Lava Camp Lake Trail Head. Mary Johnson refused treatment from EMS and said she would seek her own medical treatment.