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Lost hiker rescued during Multnomah County Sheriff's Office search exercises
Training exercises being conducted by Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue volunteers turned into the real thing Saturday afternoon.
Some of the volunteers ended up rescuing Portland hiker Fable Turas, 46, who got lost in the area above Multnomah Falls in the Columbia Gorge.
Shortly after 4:00 p.m. on Dec. 12, MCSO received information that Turas was lost on the Oneonta Trail. She could not obtain a strong enough cellular signal for a call, but was able to send a text to a friend, who called 911 to report details on the area she thought she was in.
Approximately 60 MCSO volunteers were involved in training exercises in the gorge at the time, and several teams were close to the area Turas described. Several slides had occurred on the Triple Falls trail Turas was believed to be on, and with the heavy rain the trail was very hazardous, especially after dark.
Turas was found at approximately 7:15 p.m. and was very happy to see the searchers, according to MCSO. She was uninjured but was very cold, wet and tired. The teams escorted her out over Franklin Ridge to avoid traversing back down the trail and over the hazardous slide areas in the dark.