Rescue Teams Save Israeli Hiker on Border of Klamath, Douglas Counties

Search and rescue teams from Douglas County first received word of the missing hiker from Klamath County officials, leading to the coordinated rescue effort.

Posted: Oct 31, 2018 11:01 AM

DIAMOND LAKE, Ore. — A lost Israeli hiker is safe following a joint rescue effort along the border between Klamath and Douglas counties, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office (DCSO).

Search and rescue teams in Douglas County received word of the missing hiker from Klamath County officials just before 9 a.m. on Tuesday. Rescuers in Klamath County had reportedly been trying to find the hiker since Monday evening, and were folowing a SPOT Personal Tracker device that was broadcasting a distress signal.

The signal eventually indicated that the hiker was along the Pacific Crest Trail near Tipso Peak — just across the Douglas County line. The hiker's parents also contacted law enforcement, identifying the hiker as their daughter, 36-year-old Anat Taher Leb of Israel.

Douglas search and rescue organized a team of four ground hikers, two Oregon State Police horse riders with an extra horse, and a plane from Civil Air Patrol. Klamath County helped the teams continue to track the GPS signal from Leb's personal tracker.

While the plane conducted flyovers with a loudspeaker broadcasting a message for the hiker to "stay put" and that rescuers were on the way, the teams set out toward the GPS signal.

Four hours later, the teams found Leb.

"She was cold, tired and hungry but otherwise in good condition," DCSO said.

The rescuers mounted Leb on their extra horse and rode out to safety.

The SPOT Personal Tracker was able to successfully summon help for the hiker who was not prepared for the elements," DCSO said.

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