Rescuers located elk hunter after call for help

Rescuers located elk hunter after call for help

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. - Rescuers got an elk hunter out of the woods OK on Monday after the man used his cell phone to call for help.

Wayne Marney, 56, of Springfield called 911 dispatch just before 9 a.m. Monday to report he was suffering a medical issue and was unable to get himself out of the forest west of Cottage Grove Lake, according to John Miller, Search and Rescue Coordinator for the Lane County Sheriff's Office.

Marney was able to call out on his cell phone and assist dispatchers by providing brief, sketchy directions to his location.

Dispatchers also were able to use his cell phone to "ping" his location. 

Lane County Sheriff's Forest Patrol Deputies and search and rescue crews, along with Oregon State Police and local fire department personnel, responded and assisted in locating Marney.

Marney was responsive but in wet clothing and suffering from moderate hypothermia, Miller said. He was transported to an awaiting ambulance and taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend for treatment. According to family members, his condition is improving Monday afternoon, Miller said.

A National Guard Blackhawk based out of Salem was standing by in the event the situation required air support. However, Marney was near an unimproved but drivable road system, so the Guard was not required, Miller said.