Deschutes Co. SAR, Elk Lake Resort staff help injured snowmobiler to safety

A Bend man was rescued from Elk Lake Resort Saturday after he was injured in a snowmobile crash earlier in the day.

Rebecca Shaver of Bend called dispatch around 7:19 p.m. Saturday saying her husband, 50-year-old Kevin Shaver had been injured in the crash and needed help getting back to Dutchman Flat Sno-Park.

The Shaver’s explained that Kevin’s crash had happened around 3:00 PM, and they were currently back at the Elk Lake Resort cabin they were staying in, according to Dep. Shane Zook, Assistant Search And Rescue Coordinator.

Due to the potential injuries that Shaver may have received from the crash, it was determined that Shaver needed to be helped out for medical treatment as soon as possible.

Elk Lake Lodge is not accessible by vehicles this time of year, as Cascade Lakes Highway is closed for winter.

The Special Services Deputy made arrangements with the staff at Elk Lake Lodge for Shaver’s transport.

Four volunteers with Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue responded to Elk Lake Lodge on snowmobiles.

Two SAR medical team members rode with and monitored Shaver’s condition during the ride as Elk Lake Lodge used one of their tracked vehicles to take Shaver back out to Dutchman Flat Sno-Park.

A medic unit with Bend Fire and Rescue was staged at Dutchman as Shaver arrived.

Shaver declined to be taken via ambulance and had his wife drive him to Bend, where he planned to seek further medical treatment, Zook said.

All DCSO resources returned to quarters by 1:00 a.m.

DCSO would like to thank Elk Lake Lodge and Bend Fire and Rescue for their assistance in this rescue.


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