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Two snowmobilers from Eugene rescued near Kwohl Butte

Authorities urged people traveling in the backcountry to be prepared for the unexpected.

Posted: Jan. 21, 2019 6:40 PM

DESCHUTES COUNTY, Ore. -- Two snowmobilers from Eugene were rescued Sunday night after their snowmobile got stuck near Kwohl Butte, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office said.

At about 7:45 p.m., Jeffrey Roos, 46, called 911 to report that he and Sarah Lang, 18, who was riding with him at the time, were stuck. Roos said he was riding in the area with another snowmobiler, but they got separated earlier in the day.

Two search and rescue volunteers and a deputy responded to Edison Butte Sno Park. The volunteers traveled about 5 miles in a tracked side-by-side to assist Roos and Lang.

Before search and rescue reached them, Roos called to report that Lang was starting to get cold. Rescuers reached Roos and Lang at about 10:50 p.m. They did not require medical attention, the sheriff’s office said.

Authorities urged people traveling in the backcountry to be prepared for the unexpected and carry a shovel, avalanche beacon and avalanche probe, as well as the necessary essentials to spend the night if needed.

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