MALIN, Ore. — Search teams were able to locate and rescue two women who became stuck on snowy roads in a remote area of Lake County earlier this week, according to the Klamath County Sherrif's Office.
KCSO said that the women, ages 89 and 59, had been out on a sight-seeing drive when they got stuck near Willow Valley Reservoir — an area due east of Malin, but far from civilization.
"In an effort to reduce the potential for loss of life, extensive resources were expended due to the life-threatening weather conditions that exist this time of year (freezing temperatures)," the Sheriff's Office said.
Deputies, volunteers from the Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue team, U.S. Forest Service staff, and friends and family of the missing women all aided in the search. Aircraft and other search resources came from Emergency Airlift, Brim Aviation, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, and Oregon State Police.
The women were located around 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, more than 24 hours after they went missing.
“Our Search and Rescue Unit has responded to an alarming number of incidents this year in which people, unprepared for the conditions they venture into, become disabled and unable to rescue themselves," said Sheriff Chris Kaber. "They often find themselves unable to communicate their situation, relying too heavily on cell phone connections to summon help. I urge everyone to use a double portion of caution when they decide to venture off the beaten path during the winter and early spring months."
KCSO issued a reminder to check road conditions before venturing out, and avoid using unfamiliar alternate routes suggested by GPS.
"Let someone know where you are going, when you plan to return, and know your capabilities and your vehicle limitations; don’t off road onto closed roads," the agency concluded.