On Sunday, October 14th, 2018, Klamath County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers met with SAR volunteers from Josephine and Lake County and recovered the body of a 16 year old young man who perished in a fall the previous day.
The area of the fall was a steep embankment overlooking Middle Rosary Lake to the east of the Willamette Ski Area. The young man’s family was notified of the tragedy early Saturday evening.
Investigation reveals the young man was climbing with a friend and a rock handhold gave way causing the fall. The friend was nearby and attempted to help but was also injured. He was later able to walk out of the area with the rest of his Boy Scout Troop. (Previously it was believed he was transported by the Army National Guard helicopter however this information was incorrect.)
A rescue team located the victim with insufficient daylight remaining to safely make the recovery in dangerous terrain. Two Klamath County Sheriff’s Office volunteers spent the night with the victim until the remainder of the searchers made their way into the wilderness after sunrise. The recovery required a large team, including technical rope experts, in order to safely bring the victim out of the wilderness. Twenty SAR members and volunteers were on scene.
Per Klamath County Sheriff’s Office protocol, the name(s) of the deceased and his companion (both minors) will not be released.
The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office requests prayer and support for the family and friends of the victim as well as all others involved in this tragic event.
Klamath County Sheriff’s Office