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Fallen, injured skier rescued near Todd Lake

Injured backcountry skier near Todd Lake DCSO SAR 1119
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue
Rescuers came to the aid of a fallen, injured skier near Todd Lake Thursday.

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- A Bend man fell and was injured while backcountry skiing near Todd Lake west of Bend Thursday, prompting a rescue effort by Deschutes County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue.

The SAR unit was advised around 9 a.m. Monday of the injured, 20-year-old backcountry skier, about one-third of a mile northwest of the Todd Lake Trailhead, according to Lt. Bryan Husband, SAR coordinator.

The man had been skiing with a partner in steeper terrain around the area when he fell and sustained non-life-threatening injuries that were hindering him from getting back to the Dutchman Flat parking lot on his own, Husband said.

One SAR deputy responded to the parking lot while another coordinated the agency’s volunteer response. A half-dozen volunteers responded to the SAR base in Bend and gathered snowmobiles and medical supplies, then drove to the Dutchman Flat parking lot, traveling the rest of the way on snowmobiles, Husband said.

Two more SAR volunteers who had been recreating near Moon Mountain also responded to the skier’s location to assist.

The first volunteers reached the man about 10:45 a.m., joined by Mt. Bachelor Ski Patrol staff. They helped the skier down to the trailhead, where they met with the rest of the volunteers.

The man was further stabilized and taken by snowmobile and “snow-bulance” to the parking lot, where he was transferred to Bend Fire & Rescue personnel shortly before noon. They took him to Stl Charles Bend for further treatment.

The volunteers returned to the SAR base around 1:15 p.m., Husband said.

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  1. Anyone else think of ‘Touching The Void’ while they were reading this?
    It’s a great movie. I won’t ruin it for you, but much of the movie is mountain climber guy crawling out of Peru mountains with a broken leg, which would be a below-average experience imho.
    Anyway, feel better, man. And if you don’t, then enjoy some Boney M for your ride out

    1. Says the pro couch-sitter. I’ve been out almost every day for the past week. There is a lot of snow up there, butyou keep talking about the “low snow” so I have it all to myself.

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