Lincoln County Search & Rescue track down and rescue another hunter lost in the wildnerness south of the Alsea River
On Saturday at about 10:45 PM, Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies were called to the Canal Creek area off of Hwy 34 east of Waldport, regarding a report of a lost hunter. Family members of David Martin, age 66 of Tualatin, reported that Martin had gone hunting alone at about 12:30 pm Saturday and not returned home.
Martin’s family members had driven down from the Portland area and checked the Canal Creek area and located Martin’s unattended vehicle parked at a gate about a half mile south of the Canal Creek Camp Ground. After a brief foot search on their own with negative results, they contacted the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and asked for search and rescue assistance.
Search and Rescue Coordinator Deputy Bruce McGuire was contacted and activated the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team. The search, which also included Martin’s family, started at about 11:45pm and at about 0900 am the Sunday morning, Martin was located about a half mile from his vehicle on a trail near Canal Creek. Mr. Martin was tired and wet with some scratches where he had slid in the dark through a blackberry thicket. Other than the scratches was fine and declined medical evaluation.
Lincoln County SAR was assisted by Troopers from the Oregon State Police Fish and Game division, USFS Law Enforcement Officers, Benton County Search and Rescue Team members, and David Martin’s family who were extremely helpful in his safe recovery.