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Linn S&R member helps rescue stranded family


December 21, 2022

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A Clackamas family stranded during the search for a Christmas tree stands with rescuers after being snowmobiled to safety in remote Marion County.

A Salem man and five friends rescued a family of five and a dog on Dec. 5, a day after they were stranded in several feet of snow while searching for a Christmas tree near Forest Road 46 in Marion County.

The road passes through the northern part of the Willamette National Forest into the Mount Hood National Forest, skirting the northern half of Oregon's Cascade Mountain range. The area is closest to the city of Detroit, about 40 miles northeast of Sweet Home.

Linn County Sheriff's Office Lt. Joe Larsen said the unidentified Clackamas family was traveling from north to south and intended...

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