Family Rescued in Marion County After Getting Stuck in Snow While Searching for Christmas Tree

A family’s search for the perfect Christmas tree turned into a search and rescue operation after they became stuck in several feet of snow in Marion County this weekend.

On Sunday, December 4, deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office were called to help a family of five who became stranded the day before on the Clackamas-Breitenbush Scenic Byway (Oregon Forest Road 46) in Mount Hood National Forest.

Deputies, along with an off-duty Linn County search and rescue volunteer, helped find the family and bring them safely down from the mountain.

Members of the Santiam snowmobile association also helped with the rescue.

“These events are always a team effort to help resolve successfully,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

The sheriff’s office reminds and encourages residents to “know before you go.” That means checking weather conditions and confirming the planned area is open to visitors.

Also, consider whether you have appropriate supplies to survive a few days if you should become stranded, and make sure someone knows where you’re going and when you plan to be back.

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