Stranded Motorist assisted in near Astoria

Clatsop Co. Sheriff's Office

On March 2, 2019 at 09:34 pm, Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a SPOT activation in a Clatsop County forest.  SPOT is GPS tracking device that uses the Globalstar satellite network for tracking.  Outdoor enthusiasts use them when traveling in the backcountry where there is no cell service. If a person gets in trouble, they can activate their SPOT device and it will send a signal that is monitored by International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC).  The IERCC reported the activation to our 911 center.

Deputy Shimer responded to the call and contacted IERCC and was given emergency contact information for the registered owner of the SPOT device.  Deputy Shimer was not able to reach the owner and instead was able to contact the owner’s mother who informed him her three sons had went for a drive in the woods and were not prepared to spend the night and did not have any extra provisions or clothing.

Deputy Shimer responded to the area of the GPS coordinates given by IERCC near Fishhawk Road and Greasy Spoon Road and was unable to continue due to the ice and snow.  He then requested the assistance of Mountain Wave Search and Rescue. Mountain Wave responded with three their specialized 4 x 4 lifted vehicles with winches and four team members. Mountain Wave located the three boys with their Ford truck that had slid off into a ditch and become stuck on the side of the road in the snow.  

Assisted Person: Jacob Loveland, 26 year old Male, Astoria, Oregon

Assisted Person: Jared Loveland, 22 year old Male, Astoria, Oregon

Assisted Person: Justin Loveland, 21 year old Male, Astoria, Oregon

The boys were thankful for the assistance and were able to return home.  Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor in this incident.  We would like to thank Mountain Wave SAR for their assistance on this search and rescue mission.