This story corrects an earlier version of the rescue.
A Yachats area woman was last reported still alive this evening thanks to the quick work of a friend, fast action by Lincoln County Search and Rescue and an ambulance crew who pulled out all the stops to get her to the hospital in an effort to save her life.
It started Wednesday when a 60 year old woman set out to track down a huge crop of Chantrelle mushrooms, up Blodgett Road, northeast of Yachats. When the woman failed to return to her home, the Sheriff’s Office was called to report her missing. The Lincoln County Search and Rescue team was called in to try to track her down. Details are sketchy but it’s been reported that the woman’s car was found off Blodgett Road, about 2.5 miles east of Highway 101.
Since it was already the next day, after a drenching overnight downpour, Search and Rescue personnel blitzed the area in an effort to find her. They found the woman on the ground where she had taken a bad fall and was cold and soaking wet. The woman was delirious from hypothermia. Search and Rescue personnel quickly brought her out to the road and loaded her into an ambulance and they sped off to PCH toward Newport. While enroute paramedics proceeded to warm her up. A ways into the trip to Newport they went from normal driving to a full code three at high speed to get her to the hospital ASAP. No word on her condition.
Veteran mushroom enthusiasts always say to never go into the woods without a friend. Had the woman been joined by a friend her plight could have been known much sooner.