November 4, 2014


On Sunday, November 2, the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit, in partnership with the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, the Oregon National Guard, and the U.S. Forest Service located and rescued a lost elk hunter from the mountains in north Umatilla County.

Richard Braatz, age 59, and his son, Michael Braatz, age 28, both from Eugene, OR, were elk hunting on Friday in the area around Low Ridge and the Mill Creek Watershed. After Richard hiked several hundred feet down a steep ridge, he stopped and camped the night instead of climbing back up the mountain with his son.

The day at about 3:30pm, the National Guard crew spotted Richard, who waved his hat, but then appeared to collapse and went out of their sight. He was rescued but was disoriented, wet, and had bumps and bruises.


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