Bend couple rescued after getting stuck on snowy forest service road

A Bend couple needed to be rescued Thursday night from a snowy forest service road, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

Dep. Joshua Westfall, Assistant Search And Rescue Coordinator said SAR received a mutual aid request from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office around 5:45 regarding a couple who was stuck on Finley Butte Road, which runs west from China Hat Road in Lake County.

The couple was trying to drive from Bend to La Pine via the forest roads when they became stuck and could not dig themselves out after breaking their shovel, Westfall said.

The stranded motorists were later identified as Todd and Nicholle Ferullo. They had a 4-wheel drive vehicle, food, water and a shovel.

One DCSO Deputy and one DCSO SAR volunteer responded down China Hat Rd to about milepost 32 where they then deployed in the DCSO SAR ARGO ATV. The Deputy and SAR volunteer traveled about 15 miles on FS 18 and FS 22 to the subjects’ location in the ARGO, reaching them about 9:30 pm. The couple and their dogs, who were all unharmed, were taken back to Bend at their request.

The DCSO would like to remind the public to use caution when traveling on forest roads this time of year due to snowpack.

Road conditions vary significantly and roads can quickly become impassable.  Further, if you are traversing in these conditions be sure to bring appropriate vehicles, equipment, lighting, clothing, food, water, navigation and communication devices.

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