A couple visiting from Iowa were rescued from the S. Mattheiu Lake area early Wednesday morning by search and rescue crews from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.
Mary Johnson, 69, and her husband, Pete Johnson, 78, were backpacking when she reportedly became severely ill and determined she could not continue the trip.
Mary Johnson borrowed another hiker’s cell phone at approximately 11:15 p.m. Tuesday to make a 911 call, reporting that her cell phone did not have service. Using GPS coordinates from the phone, search and rescue volunteers were able to locate the Johnsons shortly after 12 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Rescue crews arrived on scene, approximately three miles south of the Lava Camp Lake trailhead, and made contact with the hikers. Medical personnel determined Mary Johnson could not be immediately removed from the area. She was later secured in a wheeled litter and returned her to the trailhead.
Rescue crews arrived back at the Lava Camp Lake trailhead shortly after 4:30 a.m. Once there, Johnson refused treatment from EMS responders and said she’d seek her own medical treatment.