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PORTLAND -- The three snowshoers who got lost over the weekend near the White River Sno-Park area have been located and rescuers are working to safely get them back to the trail head.

Authorities said it would likely take several hours to get the trio off the mountain. There were no reports of injuries.

The man and two women became lost Sunday night, about seven miles east of Government Camp, and managed to call 911 for help from a cell phone. They said they had food and sleeping bags with them and had already spent one night in the snow.

The cell phone signal was traced, but authorities have not been able to get another call through since then.

Rescuers searched areas northwest of the snow park Sunday until they had to suspend operations due to poor weather and darkness. Monday morning, about 20 searchers on snow cats and skis were checking areas on the north and south sides of the White River drainage, near Barlow Road, according to detective Matt English with the Hood River Sheriff's Office.

The White River Sno-Park is located along Oregon Highway 35, approximately 4 miles north of US Highway 26.


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