Search & Rescue 4X4 team helps couple stuck in woods
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- Douglas County Search & Rescue crews headed out Monday to try to help a stranded California couple.
Charles Edward Garton, 73, of Ridgecrest, California, called to report that he was stuck on a logging road behind fallen trees at about 8:30 pm Saturday.
Garton and his wife were traveling from California to Coos Bay in a 23 foot motor home pulling a utility trailer with a golf cart.
Garton was following a route selected by his GPS unit, which led him off of I-5 at the Glendale Exit and then down several BLM Roads heading northwest towards Hwy 42.
The Sheriff's office says Garton caused damage to his motor home while on the unimproved roads and eventually became stuck in the mud.
Sheriff's deputies responded and found the couple on Sunday at about 11 am.
Deputies cleared trees from the road, but due to the conditions of the roadway they were unable to get the motor home unstuck.
Roseburg Towing also responded and were unable to remove the motor home from the location.
The Sheriff's office say the couple were offered a ride to town, but refused to leave their motor home.
At 11:30 am on Monday, search and rescue crews with 4X4s headed out to see if they could assist.
Officials at the scene were able to get the motorhome back on the road and rolling.
Officials say this serves as a good reminder that a GPS isn't a perfect tool to rely on to get you safely where you are going. They also say to make sure you are prepared in case you do become lost or stranded.