Couple, dogs rescued after being lost in snow

Acouple and their two basset hounds who became lost on Page Mountain outside Cave Junction were rescued Friday night, police said.

The Josephine County Sheriff's Office was notified of the lost couple and their dogs after they did not return from a snowshoeing trip, police said.

A search-and-rescue team deployed with snow vehicles and ATVs and found the couple just after midnight.

The couple was cold and damp, but declined medical assistance.

They were transported to the parking lot of the Page Mountain Sno-park and then given a ride home, police said. The sno-park is located 10 miles east of U.S. Highway 199 on Happy Camp Road in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

The couple had intended be out for only a couple of hours, so they had taken only water and a couple of lighters with them. While snowshoeing, they missed a marker and went down an unmarked Forest Service road. They traveled approximately six miles on Forest Service roads in both Oregon and California before the rescue team found them.

The temperature at the time of the search was 20 degrees.


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