The Curtin man spent the night in the woods after becoming lost
COTTAGE GROVE — A Curtin man who became lost Monday while picking mushrooms was found Tuesday morning by a passing motorist who saw him walking along a U.S. Forest Service road several miles from an area in which a Lane County search team had spent the night looking for him.
Nolan Sainsbury, 42, was treated for mild hypothermia and released to his family after spending the night in the woods near Brice Creek, south of Cottage Grove, Lane County search and rescue coordinator John Miller said.
Sainsbury accompanied two friends to the area on Monday to pick mushrooms. Sainsbury became separated from the others, who called Lane County sheriff’s officials just after 9 p.m.
Search crews spent the night looking for Sainsbury along the Cedar Creek drainage. The search ended about 10 a.m. Tuesday, when officials received word that Sainsbury had been picked up by a passer-by, Miller said.
Sainsbury was not dressed for cold weather and carried no survival equipment, Miller said.
Officials said everyone who goes on an outing in a forest should carry survival equipment that is appropriate for the season.