BEND, OR -- A California pair needed rescuing from the Swamp Wells Butte area southeast of Bend on Thursday afternoon. Just before 3:30 p.m., Deschutes County 911 received a call from a 20-year-old man reporting that he and his 19-year-old friend were driving on Forest Service Rd. 1810 when their vehicle slid off the road and high centered in deep snow and ice.
The caller reported he could not get his 2020 Subaru Forester unstuck and they needed assistance. They were uninjured, and had food, water, and plenty of gas to run their vehicle until help arrived.
A Special Services Deputy made phone contact with the stuck motorist and attempted to drive to their location, but the depth of the icy snow conditions prevented the deputy from reaching them. Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue was activated, and two SAR volunteers responded to the location in a tracked vehicle.
At approximately 6:45 p.m. SAR volunteers reached the stuck motorists. They were then transported out of the area and provided with a ride to a nearby hotel so they could make tow arrangements the following day. At about 8:30 p.m. all SAR members returned to the Team Office completing this mission.