Woman falls ill on hike near Paulina Peak; Search and Rescue crew helps her back to lodge


Deschutes County Search and Rescue helped a Grand Ronde woman get back to Paulina Lake Lodge Monday night after she became ill on a hike.

Dispatch received a call just before 8 p.m. that 52-year-old Donnette Spaulding, was feeling ill and unable to make it back to the lodge, said Search and Rescue Coordinator Lt. Bryan Husband.

Spaulding’s hiking partner was able to call for help, telling dispatch they were about four miles up the trail from the lodge.

One Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputy and 12 Search and Rescue volunteers responded to help.

DCSO SAR Teams began to arrive at the Paulina Lake Lodge at about 9:25 p.m. and started up the trail towards Spaulding with a wheeled litter.

The first DCSO SAR team reached Spaulding at about 10:30 p.m.

Spaulding was assessed by a DCSO SAR Medical Team member, stabilized as best as possible, and then loaded onto the wheeled litter for transport back down the trail, Husband said.

The La Pine Fire Department was requested to respond and meet DCSO SAR teams when they arrived back at the Paulina Lake Lodge.

DCSO SAR teams arrived back at the lodge with Spaulding around 12:25 a.m. and transferred her to the awaiting La Pine Fire Ambulance crew.  La Pine Fire then took Spaulding to St. Charles in Bend for further assessment.



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