Snowbound Medford couple rescued

Rescue crews rescued a Medford couple Monday after their car became stuck in 3 feet of snow on a rural road off of East Evans Creek Road.

Dave and Linda Guches were driving to a friend's cabin in southern Douglas County when they became stuck in snow drifts on BLM road 33-3-6, just south of Goolaway Gap, on the edge of the Umpqua National Forest.

When the pair failed to arrive as planned at the cabin, emergency search crews were called, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

They told friends the route they planned to take, which allowed search crews to locate their Chevrolet Sierra.

Dave Guches, 68, had left the truck to go looking for help. He made it four miles before help arrived. Linda Guches, 66, had remained at the truck.

Both were in good condition when a search-and-rescue Snow-Cat drove them to safety, the Sheriff's Department said.

The Sheriff's Department wants to remind travelers to stick to well-maintained roads during the winter months. Always tell someone your planned route and pack enough supplies that will last a couple of days should you get stuck.


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