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SAR aids injured hiker at No Name Lake

A Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue party went to the aid of a 27-year-old woman from Bend who had fallen and injured her ankle while hiking at No Name Lake in the Three Sisters Wilderness.

On Saturday, September 25, at approximately 2:03 p.m., the Deschutes County 911 Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a hiking party near No Name Lake located near Broken Top. The 911 caller reported there was a female hiker in this area who had fallen while scrambling up a hillside and injured an ankle. The hiker was reported to be in fair condition, though unable to walk out of the location and would need assistance getting back to the trailhead.

A Special Services Deputy contacted a member of the hiking party by phone and obtained coordinates for the injured hiker. The hiker was well prepared to stay overnight at the location, having extra food, water, a shelter, and clothing for the weather. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) team members were paged out to assist the injured hiker.

At approximately 3:04 p.m., the first of four SAR teams deployed from the Sheriff’s Office to the location. An additional team was diverted from a separate SAR call that was resolved prior to arrival. At approximately 4:57 p.m., the first SAR team arrived to the injured hiker. The injured hiker was evaluated by SAR medical team members and then transported by wheeled litter back to the trailhead arriving at 6:58 p.m.

The hiker chose to seek further medical treatment on her own and did not want the assistance of an ambulance. Thirteen SAR volunteers and two Special Service Deputies responded to the incident.


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