The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team was busy last Friday as they performed three simultaneous rescue missions around the county.
The first mission began around 6:00 p.m. when a DCSO Special Services Deputy was dispatched to an injured hiker near Broken Hand, the small peak to the northeast of Broken Top. 32-year-old Matthew Condon had fallen and needed immediate medical attention and evacuation.
An Air Link helicopter transported three SAR volunteers from St. Charles to where Condon was. Condon was stabilized and transported via helicopter to St. Charles for treatment. SAR volunteers escorted Condon’s hiking partner back to the trailhead at Three Creeks Lake.
The second mission began around 8:00 p.m. when a DCSO Special Services Deputy heard about a lost hiker near South Sister Climbers Trail. The hiker, 36-year-old Giuseppe Amato, was separated from his group while on the trail, headed back toward the trailhead by himself and took a wrong turn.
Amato ended up on the Pacific Crest Trail. He was able to tell his hiking partners he was lost just before his phone died.
SAR volunteers were sent to the area to search the trails for Amato. Just before midnight, Amato made it to the Cascade Lakes Highway around five miles south of Devils Lake. He flagged down a car and got a ride back to his car, where he called 911.
The third mission began at 10:40 p.m., when a DCSO Special Services Deputy was dispatched to a lost motorist near Fredrick Butte Road, which is on the south side of east Highway 20 between Brothers and Hampton.
The motorist, 32-year-old Rose Jardine, had left the road and was driving through an area of sage brush. The deputy drove out into the area, found Jardine and helped her get back to Highway 20.