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Woman rescued after 3 nights in JoCo backcountry

A woman is alive and well after spending three nights stranded in a remote area of Josephine County.

Josephine County Search and Rescue found a woman Sunday who had been stranded on an unmarked forest road near the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area, according to a press release issued Tuesday by the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman told rescuers said she had been stranded without cellular service since Thursday and ran out of water Saturday. She initially got lost while attempting to drive to the coast, according to police, but she got a flat tire outside of cell range.

Finding the woman involved 13 hours of searching and two 911 calls from the woman.

The first call came in at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, when the woman hiked to an area with cell range and called 911. Dispatchers pinged her cellphone location to an area near Swede Basin in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, and searchers looked for her without luck until 4:30 a.m.

At 7:30 a.m. Sunday, the woman called 911 again, and the second call gave searchers better coordinates.

Rescuers found her vehicle and another unoccupied vehicle on an unmarked Forest Service road at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, with two notes she had left on the visors of the vehicles. Searchers continued along the road and eventually found her “alive and well and very happy to be rescued,” the release said.

The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office reminds anyone driving in the backcountry to prepare for spotty or nonexistent cell service by carrying plenty of food and water, and to inform others of where you will be traveling.

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