Family rescued from grip of snow
Rescuers from the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office located them at a site north of Willamina about midnight and got them back down about 1:15 a.m.
Capt. Tim Svenson said the family called 911 about 4 p.m. from Bald Mountain Road, near its intersection with Elk Flat Road.
Since the location is in Tillamook County, a Tillamook Search and Rescue team set out from the north. Yamhill County’s woods deputy, Tim Casey, in the area already with a group on YCSO cadets on ATVs, set out from the south.
The family stayed with their four-wheel-drive Toyota Tacoma pickup until searchers reached them.
“They did everything by the book — stayed in the car and were prepared for the weather,” Svenson said.
He said it’s a good reminder to plan ahead if you’re driving in the winter. Conditions can change quickly and it’s easy to get stuck, so you should always be prepared with food, water and blankets.
The snow on Bald Mountain was so heavy, several other vehicles were stuck during the rescue effort. But a tow truck was able to get in Monday to pull the pickup out.