At about 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2013, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office was notified of a potentially injured hiker on or near the Pacific Crest Trail in Clackamas County near Mt. Hood.
The injured subject -- David Anderson, age 53, of Corvallis, Oregon -- contacted his wife by phone and alerted her to his need for help. Mr. Anderson was asked to call 911 in an effort to obtain his cell-phone coordinates to assist searchers in locating him. The coordinates placed him the area of the Paradise Park shelter on the Paradise Park trail.
From talking to Mr. Anderson's wife, it was determined that her husband intended on hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from Cascade Locks, Oregon to Yosemite National Park in California. Mr. Anderson became disoriented in foggy conditions and advised he had twisted his knee while hiking. He told Sheriff's Office personnel that he was in need of assistance to get out of the area.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Unit requested volunteers from Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue and Mountain Wave Emergency Communications responded to assist on the search. American Medical Response's Reach And Treat (RAT) Team was also called as a medical asset on the search.
Volunteers groups have been sent to the area of cell phone coordinates in an effort to locate Mr. Anderson and bring him back to safety.
Updates will be provided as they are available. Media staging was at the ZigZag Ranger station maintenance yard on Lolo Pass Road and Hwy 26.
As of 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2013, searchers from AMR's RAT Team located David Anderson near the Paradise Park shelter. They were starting back down the mountain and were predicting a 4-hour trip. Mr. Anderson was walking out on his own power at this writing.
A total of 25 SAR volunteers responded to assist in the rescue.
Adam Phillips, Lieutenant
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Clackamas County Sheriff's Office