OR: Hunter Rescued After 4 Nights In Forest
Prineville Hunter Rescued After 4 Nights In Forest Rescuer Believes It
December 1, 2010
BEND, Ore. -- A Prineville man survived four days and three nights, hurt
and stranded in the Ochoco National Forest.
On Thanksgiving, 48-year-old Alan Hewitt was elk hunting in the forest.
He left the camp on horseback, but he and his horse were injured after the
snow caused a big fall.
Enduring days of freezing temperatures, missing Thanksgiving and living
off of a small bag of beef jerky, he was trying to find the main road on
foot. He did not make it.
Days later, Darrell Hover of Bend and his father saw what looked like a
red backpack, piled under the snow.
"He was shivering, disoriented, almost catatonic and in need of help,"
Hover said Wednesday.
Crook County sheriff's deputies say if Hover did not find Hewitt, there
is a good chance he would not have made it through another night.
Hover said he was meant to find Hewitt.
"It just worked out, where we made all these lefts and these rights and
the one at the timing was perfect," Hover said. "Alan was off to the side of
the road, we saw the little object that looked like a backpack and it turns
out it was a human being that really needed help. "
Sheriff's deputies believe Hewitt's experience as a Marine helped save
his life in the wilderness. The department put together a team, rescued the
two horses and returned them to their home in Prineville.
Hover and his father said they took Hewitt to the hospital in Prineville,
then he was transported to Bend. Hewitt is currently listed in serious
Hover said Hewitt promised to take him out for a drink to repay him for
his kindness. .
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