Stranded cell tower workers rescued from Steens Mountain

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Four cellphone tower workers stranded since Saturday in foul weather on Steens Mountain have been rescued.

Harney County's search and rescue coordinator, Matt Fine, said Tuesday they were being transported down to a command post where coffee, doughnuts and sandwiches awaited.

He said all four were reported in good health, and an ambulance on standby wouldn't be needed.

After their vehicle got stuck, the four took refuge at about 9,000 feet in a concrete block structure at the base of a tower. They had a generator, heat, electricity, food and water, and weren't considered in immediate jeopardy.

Fine said there was a brief break in the weather Tuesday morning, and it took a crew of seven snowmobiles and a tracked snow vehicle about 45 minutes to get to the workers.

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