Mother And Child Rescued At Silver Falls State Park

A mother, her boyfriend and her three year old son got lost in Silver Falls State Park Sunday night.

24-year-old Joshua Dixsen, his girlfriend 24-year-old Josie Chysm and her three year old son went hiking in Silver Falls State Park around Noon on Sunday,

After the sunset, the couple decided that Chysm and her son would wait under a tree while Dixsen walked out for help. 

Searchers with the Marion County Search and Rescue Team responded to the area and began coordinating efforts both on foot and in vehicles. At 8:30 a.m., ground searchers located Chysm and her son along the Rim Trail inside of the park. They were cold and wet, but otherwise unharmed. 

Searchers walked the pair out.

When the family set out they had very limited gear and were not prepared for the winter weather.

Experts with our Search and Rescue recommend you always carry enough supplies to survive at least 24 hours even when setting out on a day hike. These items should consist of food, water, first aid supplies, warm clothing and instruments for navigation. Often times in these remote areas cell coverage is not an option so hikers should be prepared to treat emergencies until rescuers can arrive.   

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