A snowmobile rider trapped near Mount Bachelor was rescued early Friday morning.
At about 1:06 a.m., Deschutes County 911 was alerted that Patrick Boni, 38, was stuck in the snow somewhere in the area of Mt. Bachelor and was possibly in distress.
Boni had departed the previous afternoon, and he got stuck on his way back to his vehicle, according to a news release from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.
Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue and patrol deputies determined Boni was likely southeast of Mount Bachelor. Operations staff from Mt. Bachelor ski area helped locate where Boni’s snowmobile had left the groomed course. An AirLink helicopter was able to spot Boni’s helmet light, confirming his location. Boni was trapped in waist-deep snow about 500 feet down a drainage in the forest, according to the release.
Search and rescue volunteers eventually made contact with Boni and began warming him up. Boni was provided snowshoes and was able to snowshoe back to the catch line with assistance, according to the release. He was then transported to the ski area, where he arrived around 7:30 a.m. Boni was evaluated by a medic and then the medical clinic at Mt. Bachelor, but opted out of further medical care, according to the release.
While Boni is an experienced snowmobile rider, extremely cold weather can cause injuries quickly. The sheriff’s office is warning backcountry adventurers to take adequate supplies in case they get lost or stuck, inform someone of their travel plans and consider not traveling alone.