An Oregon City boy was among two 17-year-olds rescued after spending a harrowing night stuck in deep snow in a remote part of the Mt. Hood National Forest.

On Thursday, Jan. 3, at about 10:30 p.m., Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue deputies responded to South Hillockburn Road past the 45 Road, outside of Estacada, after being notified of two teens getting their truck stuck in the snow. The OC boy had apparently driven his friend into a snow drift before they called 911.

CCSO searchers kept in contact with the two teenage males by cell phone throughout the night. They had food, shelter, and communication with the searchers.

At about noon on Friday, CCSO deputies made their way to the teens, using ATVs equipped with snow tracks, and transported them to a Sno-Cat operated by Cascade Towing that completed the transport of the teens down to their parents. They were not in need of any medical attention.

Cascade Towing was able to remove a 1977 Ford 4x4 pickup as well.

The driver was identified as Nicoli Pieri, age 17, of Oregon City, and the passenger was identified as Jared Walton, age 17, of Cornelius.

Apparently, according to police, the two young men were planning to meet friends at the radio towers atop Goat Mountain to have a bonfire. When they learned their friends had already left, they decided to drive down to Helen Lake, where they got the truck stuck in the snowy, icy conditions.

The truck was not equipped with tire chains or a shovel.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office reminded motorists to be prepared for winter driving conditions.

"Four-wheel drive vehicles are not a substitute for good decision making," said Sgt. Adam Phillips.

Phillips added a need to be aware of the limits of the vehicle road and driver.

"If you exceed the capacity of any of these three things, it will really increase the risk of traffic crashes, or in this case, getting stuck," he said.

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