Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue Team Help Bring Two Snowmobilers to Safety

Posted on April 5, 2023

Sunday evening, April 2nd, 2023, the Sheriff’s Office received a call of two snowmobilers who had not returned from their ride in the Breitenbush area.  Marion County Search and Rescue along with volunteers from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office snowmobile team responded and located the two people in several feet of snow.  Fortunately both people were not injured and were reunited with their families.

The rescued pair are from the area and they have declined to be interviewed or comment on this incident.

We would like to thank our partners at 911 dispatch (Willamette Valley Communications Center) as well as Linn County Sheriff’s Office in this search and rescue effort.  We couldn’t have done this without you all.

We wanted to take a few moments and share some safety tips as you gear up for snowmobiling because it is always important to put safety first:

  1. Take a snowmobile safety course
  2. Follow the service schedule
  3. Have a helmet.  Find one that meets the U.S. Department of Transportations standards and fits you properly.
  4. Dress the part.
  5. Watch the weather
  6. Take your smartphone
  7. Stick to the speed limit
  8. Keep your lights on
  9. Scout your route
  10. Avoid riding on frozen lakes and rivers
  11. Don’t drink and ride
  12. Watch your speed
  13. Ride with others
  14. Alert others as to where you are going
  15. Insure your snowmobile
  16. ALWAYS HAVE FUN!!!!!  🙂
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