Rescuers find missing man alive but weak

Rescuers find missing man alive but weak
Robert Palmer

UPDATE: Search crews found Robert Palmer alive around 1 p.m. Monday.

He was weak and unable to move on his own, the sheriff's office said.

Crews worked for 3 hours to pack Palmer nearly 2 miles to the road system to an awaiting ambulance, the sheriff's office said.  Mr. Palmer was transported to Bay Area Hospital by Bay Cities Ambulance. 

Both Robert Palmer and his brother David are expected to be cited for Unlawful Harvesting of Minor Forest Products (mushrooms), an unclassified misdemeanor, the sheriff's office said.

Earlier story

COOS BAY, Ore - Search and rescue crews from across southwest Oregon are en route to an active rescue operation for an insulin-dependent diabetic man who got lost in the woods picking mushrooms Sunday.

Robert Peter Palmer, 56, became too weak to walk out of the woods in the Winchester Trails area, his brother told deputies.

Deputies met with Palmer's brother David, 55, around 7 p.m.

Along with members from Green Acres and Millington fire departments, deputies attempted to locate Robert Palmer, but his brother was unable to direct them back to the right area, the sheriff's office said.

A helicopter from the US Coast Guard Air Station in North Bend responded and spent some time over the area with its thermal camera but was also unable to locate anything, the sheriff's office said.

The search was suspended at 1 a.m. Monday.

The sheriff's office put out a call for search and rescue help. Personnel from Curry, Douglas, Josephine, Jackson and Lake counties in Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif., were expected to arrive Monday morning.

The search resumed at 6 a.m.

Robert Palmer was last seen wearing blue jeans, a dark hoodie sweatshirt and dark jacket.  He is 6--foot-2, 200 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.