A 23-year old college student in Oregon managed to survive a harrowing seven days on Mount Hood before rescue helicopters spotted her.
Mary Owens was rescued by a helicopter crew from the National Guard, suffering from a fractured ankle and frostbite after being reported missing a week ago.
She was airlifted to a nearby hospital in Portland for treatment of her injuries. Owen had sent an e-mail message to a friend on Sunday, March 24 that she planned on hiking around the Mount Hood area, returning no later than sometime Monday. When the friend didn’t hear any report of how the hike went, she felt alarmed and contacted Owen’s father, who in turn contacted rescue officials to report his daughter missing.
When her automobile was found in the parking lot of the Timberline Lodge, Owen’s parents and brother and roommate travelled to the site, anxiously awaiting word of her whereabouts.
“We’re completely relieved,” her father, Bruce Owen, told The Oregonian. “We were concerned because she had been out so long.”
Her father reported that she originally had told him of plans to hike Oregon’s tallest mountain along with a group of others, but her backpack was found in her SUV and no other hikers had been reported missing.
The young woman, who is a student at George Fox University studying Bible translation, had no technical climbing expertise.
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