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Missing hiker from Albany rescued in Oregon wilderness

AGNESS, Ore. — A missing Albany woman was rescued Thursday after surviving a two-day ordeal in a rugged Oregon forest, authorities said.
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Amy Nuttbrock, 40, had been dropped off by a friend to hike Tuesday morning along the Game Lake Trail in the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest, according to Curry County Sheriff John Ward.
When darkness fell and Nuttbrock didn’t show up at her destination on the Illinois River, her friend reported her missing to authorities. He told them Nuttbrock was not familiar with the area and didn’t have the proper gear, according to a statement from the sheriff.
Amy Nuttbrock of Albany, with Cal Ore Life Flight owner Dan Brattain and Sheriff John Ward after she was rescued Thursday. (Curry County Sheriff) 
The Curry County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team launched a search along several trails Wednesday while a Cal Ore Life Flight and a plane scanned for several hours. Eventually they found footprints and a cold fire ring, but ended the search after dark Wednesday.
Thursday morning, more search crews joined the effort, and about 9:45 a.m. Nuttbrock was spotted from the air in small opening in dense timber alongside a creek, about two miles west of the Illinois River.
A Coast Guard helicopter hoisted Nuttbrock to safety a few hours later. She had suffered from hunger and had scratches on her legs but was in stable condition and was taken to the Agness airstrip.
She was then flown to Gold Beach airport to be reunited with her father, Ward said.
Search crews from several Oregon counties assisted with the search.
The sheriff’s statement said that when asked about her ordeal, Nuttbrock said that she was not prepared for the conditions and assumed there would be a well-marked and maintained trail.
“This was not the case and she found herself in a life and death situation.  Nuttbrock thanked everyone for saving her life,” Ward said.
The clearing, left, and the larger area of the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest where Amy Nuttbrock was spotted from the air and rescued on Thursday. (Curry County Sheriff) 

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