Family lost in Oregon forest rescued

9:35 AM, Jan 4, 2012   |    comments
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KGW - A missing father and his two children were spotted walking on an Oregon forest road Tuesday and brought to safety after they were reported missing during a hike Monday night.

Stewart Schmidt, 33, his son Gabriel McCoy, 15, and daughter Aiden Schmidt, 6, had planned to hike near the Indian Henry Campground outside of Estacada.

They had been expected home about 5 p.m., Monday.

The three spent the night in their car after the vehicle got stuck in the snow and began hiking out to find help Tuesday.

"We just ran into too much snow ... Don't surpass your vehicle's abilities," Schmidt said.

Hood River deputies flying over the search area in a fixed-wing aircraft spotted the trio near the Timothy Lake Dam after noon.

Crews in a vehicle were able to reach the family and take them to the Ripplebrook Ranger Station.

All three were in good condition, authorities said.

Family members called authorities about 9 p.m. to report them overdue, according to Lake Oswego police.

Then, volunteer searchers with Mountain Wave Communications headed out in four-wheel drive vehicles.

They covered about 200 miles of roadway Monday in the Mount Hood National Forest.

Stewart told rescuers that they were enjoying the snow in their vehicle when it somehow got stuck and so they spent the night in the SUV.

They decided to try and walk out on Tuesday and had run out of food and water, but were otherwise fine.


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