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Four spend night in Cadillac stuck in snow on forest road in Douglas County

Four people spent the night in a Cadillac DeVille after the car got stuck in 5 inches of slushy snow on a forest road Tuesday, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said. The group spent the night in the car without food or water, the sheriff's office said. (DCSO)

GLIDE, Ore. - Four people spent the night in a Cadillac DeVille after the car got stuck in 5 inches of slushy snow on a forest road Tuesday, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said.

The group spent the night in the car without food or water, the sheriff's office said.

A search began with a call just before 8 a.m. Wednesday to 911. The caller said the "four subjects were stuck in the snow in the area of Grotto Falls off of Little River Road," according to the sheriff's office. "The caller reported the subjects had been stuck at their location for two days without food or water."

The sheriff's office activated the 4x4 Search and Rescue Unit. The unit found the Cadillac stuck in the snow and helped pull it free.

The 4 people in the car - ages 19 to 23 - had set off to Grotto Falls on a day trip Tuesday, the sheriff's office said.

"They were unprepared and had no provisions," the sheriff's office said. "The vehicle became stuck in the snow and they were unable to free it, which resulted in an unplanned night in their vehicle."

The sheriff's office offered these tips for people venturing outdoors:

  1. Tell someone where you are going, when you plan to be back. Once your plan is made, stick to it.
  2. Prepare for emergencies. Take plenty of food, water and weather appropriate clothing. Blankets and other items may be necessary.
  3. Make sure your vehicle and any equipment needed is in good working condition and appropriate for the conditions.
  4. If you take medications or need specific medical equipment, take it with you.
  5. Know the weather conditions and don't be afraid to turn back. The outdoors will be there another day.
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