Angel’s Rest trail runner found by search & rescue team

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CORBETT, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A search and rescue team located an overdue trail runner along the Angel’s Rest trail in the Columbia River Gorge.

Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Lt. Steve Alexander says the call for help was placed shortly after 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Deputies learned two runners had set out on a trail run and became separated. The first runner got to the trailhead and waited for his friend to arrive.

Derrick Deen, 25, who is from San Diego, was not carrying any emergency supplies or a cell phone with him, according to Alexander. At approximately 1 a.m. Thursday, search and rescue team located Deen on the Foxglove trail between Devil’s Rest and Angel’s Rest. He was in good condition and was given additional clothing to warm up.

The search and rescue team arrived back at the Angel’s Rest trailhead shortly before 3 a.m. on Thursday.

“He was in good spirits and very happy to be off the trail,” Alexander says in a prepared statement.

Deen told the sheriff’s office that after getting lost, he found a tree and made a bed of moss to sit on under the tree and tried to stay warm.

“He was grateful the searchers were able to locate him and help guide him back down off the trails to the trailhead,” according to Alexander.

The sheriff’s office says it’s important that people be prepared for an emergency while out in the Columbia River Gorge. As fall progresses, cooler weather can lower the snow level.

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