Date/Time of Release: 10/01/2013 - 09:30
Contact Person: Andrea Zielinski
Contact Number: 541-440-4486
Subject: Update Elderly Couple Stuck in Remote Area of Douglas County
Date/Time of Incident: 10/28/2013 - 20:28
Incident Location: Bradford Station Road near Camas Valley Oregon
Case Number: N/A
Driver: Garton, Charles Edward / 73 yoa / Ridgecrest, CA
On September 30, 2013 at 1:30 PM, members of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and volunteers from the Douglas County Search and Rescue 4X4 Unit re-contacted the Garton’s where their motor home was stuck on Bradford Station Road approximately 4 miles west of Camas Valley, Oregon.
At around 1500 hours, the Search and Rescue 4X4 team was able to free the motor home, and direct the Garton’s on their way. The extent of the damage to the motor home is unknown, but it was in a drivable condition. The Garton’s reported they were going to continue on to Coos Bay. The Garton’s did not report having sustained any injuries during the incident.
On Saturday, September 28 at approximately 8:30 PM, Douglas County Communications received a call from Charles Garton to report that he was stuck on a logging road behind fallen trees. Garton and his wife were traveling from California to Coos Bay in a 23 foot motor home pulling a utility trailer with a golf cart. Garton was following a route selected by his GPS unit, which led him off of I-5 at the Glendale Exit and then down several BLM Roads heading northwest towards Hwy 42. Garton caused damage to his motor home while on the unimproved roads and eventually became stuck in the mud. Deputies responded and made contact with the Garton's on Sunday, September 29 at approximately 11 AM. Deputies cleared trees from the road, but due to the conditions of the roadway were unable to get the motor home unstuck. Roseburg Towing also responded and were unable to remove the motor home from the location. The Garton’s were offered a ride to town, but have refused to leave their motor home.
On Monday, September 30, at the time of the writing of this press release, the Douglas County 4X4 Search and Rescue team were attempting to assist the couple in getting their motor home out of the area.
A follow up release will be provided after the results of today’s recovery attempt are known.
The Sheriff's Office would like to remind motorists to not rely solely on your GPS unit when traveling. If you are unfamiliar with the area, it is wise to stay on well traveled roads that are clearly marked. We would also like you to make sure you are prepared in case you do become lost or stranded. Have an emergency car kit with food, water and items to keep you warm and dry.