Nordic skier rescued after medical issue at Meissner Sno-Park

A 58-year-old Albany man with a serious medical issue needed to be rescued Sunday from the trails near the Meissner Sno-Park shelter, according to Deschutes County Search and Rescue.

Deputy Joshua Westfall, an assistant SAR coordinator said dispatch received multiple calls about a cross country skier having an unknown medical issues. The callers reported that the skier, later identified as Chris Fox, had skied in to near the Meissner Shelter but was not able to travel any further due to his unknown medical condition.

Westfall said one sheriff’s office deputy and six SAR volunteers responded to rescue Fox.

The six DCSO SAR volunteers traveled as close to Fox’s location as they could via snowmobile and then transitioned to snowshoes to reach Fox due to trail conditions.

Fox was then tended to by members of the DCSO SAR medical team for a potentially serious condition and taken back to the Virginia Meissner parking lot in DCSO SAR’s snow ambulance, which is a heated and enclosed snowmobile trailer designed for patient transport.

Fox was then taken to the Bend Fire Department who then took him to the hospital in an ambulance. A United States Forest Service Officer also assisted DCSO SAR on the incident.

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