Search and Rescue Prepared to Help

12-6 jbo search and rescueMEDFORD, Ore. – The pre-holiday storm has Jackson County Search and Rescue on the lookout for people getting lost while hunting for Christmas trees.

While most of their volunteers are assigned to the roads to help drivers and cleanup crews, SAR is geared up for people getting lost searching the woods for that perfect tree.

Managers with the department say the poor visibility causes people to get lost and stuck on the remote roads, and many make the mistake of wandering away from their cars.

“Hypothermia is a huge issue right now, and hopefully they’ll stay with their vehicle, but it doesn’t always work out that way,” said Search and Rescue Supervisor Sgt. Shawn Richards.

Richards advises drivers to wait for the weather to clear before searching for a tree. If you do get stuck in a remote area, stay in the car and wait for help to arrive.