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Missing mother, 3-year-old rescued at Silver Falls State Park

The family left for a hike at the park around noon Sunday, and during the hike they got disoriented and lost.

Posted: Feb 18, 2019 11:10 AM

SILVERTON, Ore. -- A woman and her 3-year-old child were rescued Monday morning after getting lost at Silver Falls State Park, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies and Oregon State Police troopers responded to a call for help at about 3 a.m. after Joshua Dixsen, 25, of Salem reported that his girlfriend, Josie Chysm, 24, of Salem and her son were lost somewhere in the park.

The family left for a hike at the park around noon Sunday, and during the hike they got disoriented and lost. Deputies said they had limited gear and were not prepared for the winter weather.

After sunset, the couple decided that Chysm and the boy would wait under a tree while Dixsen sought help.

At 8:30 a.m., searchers found the two along the Rim Trail inside the park. They were cold and wet but unharmed. Deputies said they were be evaluated by paramedics and reunited with family.

Search and Rescue experts recommend carrying enough supplies to survive for 24 hours, even on a day hike. They said to bring food, water, first aid supplies, warm clothing, and navigating tools.

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