A crew of telecom workers stranded on Steens Mountain over the weekend is safe today. Rescuers on snowmobiles were able to reach the four men Tuesday morning thanks to a break in the weather.
Harney County Sheriff Dave Glerup said the men were part of crew contracted to build a cell phone tower for AT&T.
The project was running behind schedule, and the workers weren’t able to get off the mountain before the storm hit. For three nights, they hunkered down in a small heated service building, surviving thanks to a small stock of emergency provisions.
Sheriff Glerup said that when rescuers arrived none of the men required medical attention. But all of them were hungry. “BLM has a fire compound in Frenchglen, and got them all inside and the last report I got they were still eating everything they could get in front of them,” he said.
Glerup said the crew had to leave behind a snowcat vehicle they initially arrived in. He says the weather will probably postpone recovery of that vehicle until at least June.