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Injured logger rescued near Vida during snowstorm

About four inches of snow fell as volunteers worked to rescue a seriously injured logger.

Posted: Jan 27, 2021 3:30 PM
Updated: Jan 28, 2021 1:58 AM

VIDA, Ore. – Volunteers helped rescue a seriously injured logger near Vida on Tuesday.

Around 20 people from McKenzie Fire and Rescue, Lane County Search and Rescue, and Eugene Mountain Rescue located the logger with leg and hand injuries stuck in a ravine in the Gate Creek area. The three teams, along with the help of other loggers on the scene, were able to rescue him.

As they were working to bring him up out of the ravine, Bart Thompson, Deputy Fire Chief for McKenzie Fire and Rescue, said Tuesday's storm began to blow through the Cascades, dumping snow.

"It started snowing pretty hard," Thompson said. "It started snowing another four inches while we were there. Which then complicated things for a bit. It just makes for a steep rescue like that. It makes for very slick footing for any of the folks on the basket or pulling the rope system."

Rescuers walked about a quarter of a mile to a service road where an ambulance was waiting to transport the logger. Thompson said the logger's injuries were not life-threatening.

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