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Angler stranded while fishing near Trout Creek cause rescue mission out until 1 a.m.

COURTESY JCSO - Search and rescue navigated freezing and foggy conditions in search of the stranded angler.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the Search and Rescue Team were called Wednesday night to the Lower Deschutes River near Trout Creek Campground in search of a stranded angler.

According to the JCSO, at about 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, two elderly anglers stopped to fish on a small island near the Trout Creek Campground boat ramp north of Madras. While they were on the island, the boat became free and began floating away. One of the anglers was able to get into the boat, leaving the other stranded. With no way to get the boat back to the island, the angler in the boat drifted downstream. Eventually, that angler was able to call for help.

In search of the still stranded angler, the Search and Rescue teams originally began travelling upstream from Trout Creek Campground boat ramp in a drift boat with an onboard motor, but the motor became disabled. They then put a boat in at Mecca Flats and went downstream, searching the river in freezing and foggy conditions with flashlights.

Rescuers eventually found the angler stranded on the island, very cold but uninjured. The mission lasted until about 1 a.m.

The sheriff's office shared this reminder "Please be extra careful when recreating in our beautiful county and carry on your person things you would need to survive a night in the cold no matter where you're at." They also added that the Search and Rescue Team is always looking for volunteers.

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