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Missing Snowmobiler Located Safely (NEW PHOTOS)

The rider was dehydrated and cold but refused transport to the hospital.

65-year old Robert Plumb, was located safely today by a search and rescue helicopter
65-year old Robert Plumb, was located safely today by a search and rescue helicopter. The images depict the actual recovery and what police described as a rudimentary cabin. Photos courtesy: Klamath County Sheriff

(CRESCENT, Ore.) - A man who took a snowmobile out for a ride last night near Crescent, Oregon and never returned, 65-year old Robert Plumb, was located safely today by a search and rescue helicopter. Plumb was located at 12:37 P.M. by an aircraft out of Jackson County, approximately 20 miles East of Crescent.

Tim Evinger with the Klamath County Sheriff's Office says Plumb is in remarkably good shape considering his ordeal during the past 24 hours with temperatures overnight dipping below zero.

He explained to rescuers that his snowmobile became stuck and he walked to a rudimentary cabin in the area. He had no way of starting a fire and he told the rescue crew that he had a very cold night.

Evinger says the helicopter crew spotted a set of snowmobile tracks and followed them into a remote area. They located the abandoned snowmobile and followed Plumb's boot tracks to the cabin.

Plumb was outside the cabin waving when he heard the helicopter. The aircraft set down and picked up the cold snowmobiler up and flew him to a parking lot in Crescent where he was taken to a waiting ambulance.

Plumb was dehydrated and cold but refused transport to the hospital.

Klamath County was assisted by the U.S. Forest Service, Jackson County, Douglas County and Deschutes County Search and Rescue. At least 6 other counties said they were prepared to respond for additional assistance. Evinger says this search is a great example of how the changes made in the past year to the Search and Rescue system in Oregon are effective.

"The regional approach combined with the Incident Command System is beneficial to the lost."




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