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5 Pierce County residents rescued after getting stuck in deep snow in Ashford

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Dec. 29, 2009 at 9:09 am with No Comments »
December 29, 2009 9:09 am

Five adults from Pierce County – three out bird hunting and two hiking – were rescued in the High Rock area of Ashford on Monday after their groups got stuck in the deep snow.

None of the five required medical attention.

Lewis County sheriff’s deputies received separate reports Monday morning of two missing groups in the High Rock area.

A family member reported that three bird hunters from Tacoma had failed to return home Sunday night as planned, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported today.

Another caller reported that two hikers from Sumner also had failed to return home as planned Sunday night, deputies reported.

Deputies and Lewis County Search and Rescue crews used a Snow Cat to drive the roads, which were covered in two feet of snow. An airplane assisted in the search and eventually found the vehicles located with the groups, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

A snowmobile reached the three hunters about eight miles up the 84 road. All were in good condition and did not require any medical attention.

“They did not have food with them but were dressed appropriately for the weather,” the Sheriff’s Office reported.  “The hunters stayed with their vehicle once it became stuck in the snow.”

An ATV rescued the two hikers. They were about eight miles up the 85 road. They’d stayed in their vehicle overnight and were in good condition. They did not need medical attention.

“We encourage outdoor recreation in Lewis County but people need to take precautions in extreme weather.  Have a plan in place, let people know where you are going and when you plan on returning, take your cell phone with you but remember cell phones often don’t work in remote areas.  Dress warmly and take extra food and water with you in case of an emergency,” said Sheriff Steve Mansfield in a press release.

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