Date/Time of Release: 11/26/2003 - 13:00
Contact Person: Chris Noffsinger
Contact Number: 541-440-6100
Subject: MISSING OR LOST PERSON RECOVERED
Date/Time of Incident: 11/24/2003 - 21:17
Incident Location: Woods north of Tahkentich Lake, Reedsport
Case Number: 03-6484
Missing: Robert Anthony Rickman / 33 yoa / Coos Bay, OR
On November 24, 2003 at about 9:17 pm, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office took a Missing persons report regarding Rickman.
The report was that Rickman was hunting for mushrooms with his brother and two other subjects in the forest north of Tahkenitch Lake. Rickman failed to return to the vehicle by dark about 5:30pm. Brother and friends stayed on the scene for three hours, occasionally honking the vehicle's horn. The brother and friends left for a while, so they could get to Coos Bay before the mushroom buyer closed. Rickman's mother filed the police report.
On November 25, 2003, once learning that Rickman still had not come out at daylight, a search and rescue team responded to the Tahkenitch Lake area at Reedsport.
Search and Rescue (SAR) crews located Rickman at 3:15pm, along the shore of Tahkenitch Lake. Rickman was suffering from mild hypothermia and was treated at the scene and released by Lower Umpqua Hospital paramedics to his family.
Rickman stated he had become separated from the rest of his party at about 2:00pm on the 24th and had become disoriented. In trying to find his way out, he went downhill to the east, instead of west, which would have returned him to Hwy 101. Rickman spent the night under a tree along the shore of Tahkenitch Lake and was trying to work his way along the shore when he was located by the Sheriff's Marine patrol, who were assisting in the search. US Forest Service, Sheriff's Office, Explorer SAR, 4x4 SAR, and SAR Medics all assited in the search.
Rickman was not dressed for wet weather and had no extra equipment with him. He was not familiar with the area and carried no map or compass. The Sheriff's Office would like to remind people who travel or recreate in remote areas to be responsible and consider the possibility of becoming lost and to plan accordingly.