December 12 2019
A Deschutes County sheriff's officer says two women hikers from Chicago who called for help along the Pacific Crest Trail in central Oregon have been rescued.
Deputy Liam Klatt says 29-year-old Johannah Hail and 23-year-old Andra Sturtevant had been hiking a 500-mile section of the trail from Willamette Pass, Oregon, bound for Mount Rainier in Washington.
Klatt says they encountered a large snow field Monday and decided to turn around. They had been using their phone as a GPS device but the phone died and rainy weather kept them from using their solar charger.
A rain storm soaked all their equipment Monday night and they awoke Tuesday to snow.
Klatt says the two were able to charge the phone sufficiently to call 911 for help.
A sheriff's search and rescue team brought them out.