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Lengthy Search & Rescue Mission Mobilized Crews to Remote Area near Hugo

A lengthy search and rescue operation last weekend mobilized multiple first responders to a remote area of Quartz Creek Road near Hugo.

Rural Metro Fire Department reports the initial call for a subject needing help came in Friday around 9 p.m.. The rescue took more than five hours.

The caller was unable to describe their location, but Grants Pass 9-1-1 was able to "ping" the cell phone for the approximate area. Josephine County sheriff's deputies searched and eventually located the subject yelling for help down a steep ravine off a limited-access BLM road.

At 11:20 p.m., deputies made a request for Rural Metro crews to respond and perform the extraction. Six members of the agency's on-duty crew traveled by four-wheel-drive to the location where they assembled a 250-foot rope system to reach the subject. Josephine County Search & Rescue assisted with the extraction.

On Saturday at 2:30 a.m., the subject was eventually transferred to an American Medical Response ambulance and transported to the hospital with "minimal injuries." Law enforcement was following up on the reasons that led to the subject ending up in such a predicament.
Posted on 4/2/24 6:14AM by Sam Marsh