Baker County man rescued from crash after dog alerts family

BAKER COUNTY, Ore. – A Halfway man is safe after his vehicle went over an embankment and his dog walked four miles to alert the man’s family that something was wrong.

According to the Baker County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 9:30 a.m. on June 3, dispatch received a report of a vehicle over an embankment along U.S. Forest Service Road 39.

The caller explained that the vehicle belonged to his brother, Brandon Garrett, who had been missing since the prior afternoon. The family had located the vehicle but had no way of climbing down the steep terrain to look for Garrett.

Upon arrival, Sheriff Ash located the vehicle and a dog in the ravine. He then heard someone yell for help as he was searching for a way to climb down the embankment.

Brandon Garrett was found approximately 100 yards from his vehicle, where he had crawled after the crash and spent the night.

The Baker County Search and Rescue Ropes Team rescued Garrett by securing a rescue basket onto a highline rope system and pulling it across the ravine.

He was airlifted to a regional hospital.

Police later learned that prior to the accident, Garrett was driving northbound on U.S. Forest Service Road 39 when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing his vehicle to drive off the embankment. He had four dogs with him at the time of the crash, one of which walked almost four miles back to Garrett’s camp to alert the rest of the party that something was wrong. This led family members to locate Garrett’s vehicle and make the call to 911. The other three dogs were found safe at the crash site.

The Baker County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Baker County Search and Rescue, Pine Valley Rural Fire District, Halfway Ambulance, Life Flight and the U.S. Forest Service.

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