The Associated Press
SALEM, Ore. — Marion County sheriff’s search teams have rescued four southwest Washington men who lost their way en route to Bagby Hot Springs in Oregon’s Mount Hood National Forest and got their rented SUV stuck overnight in more than a foot of snow.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Baldridge says rescuers found the four Tuesday afternoon, pulled their vehicle from the snow and led them back down to the small town of Detroit, Ore., southeast of Salem.
Baldridge says the driver, 44-year-old Robert Record of Washougal, was following a GPS unit that took him 45 miles in the wrong direction up an unmaintained road that did not lead to the springs. After spending Monday night in the vehicle, the men activated the SUV’s OnStar button. That helped deputies locate them. All are unhurt.
Search and rescue officials recommend double-checking your route when using a GPS unit and checking for winter road closures, as well as carrying extra supplies during travel into higher elevations.