The search continued today for a 20-year-old man who went missing Saturday while camping near Deschutes Falls in Washington state. Police believe the camper, Jeff “Jay” Nelson, may have fallen off a cliff during the middle of the night.
Officials said Nelson and his friends went to bed at about 11 p.m. after setting up a campsite near the Deschutes River. On Saturday morning Nelson was gone, although his sleeping bag and other gear were still there. Friends, family, and local officials began organized rescue efforts Saturday morning and afternoon. Local rescue dive teams began searching the Deschutes River on Sunday.
Clearly, friends and family are in need of whatever support we can offer from afar. And while we will certainly hope and pray for a happy ending to this tragic scenario, it also serves as a serious reminder regarding camping and hiking safety. In an effort to encourage safe practices while hiking, camping, hunting, fishing — whatever — there are some links below to previously written articles on outdoors safety.
- How to Make Winter Hiking Safe
- Safety in the Northwest Wilderness
- Hiking Safety and Precautions for Winter
- Adventurers: Make Some Noise!
- Ice, Ice Safety
- Quick Tips for Winter Hiking
- Fall Hunting Season: Safety First!
[photo: KOMO news]