BAKER COUNTY – (Release provided by the Baker County Sheriff’s Office) On August 28th, 2021 at approximately 2:34 p.m., Baker County Dispatch received a report of an ATV accident with injuries off Forest Service Road 67 near Boulder Park. The reporting party notified dispatch that the terrain was steep, only accessible by ATV, and would most likely require a technical rope rescue team.
The Baker County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team was activated at approximately 2:44 p.m., and five SAR volunteers deployed to the area along with Baker County Sheriff’s Office deputies. Upon arrival, deputies determined that Verle Cote (67 yoa) of Baker City, was operating a 2021 Can-Am ATV along Phillips Ditch when it rolled down the side of the bank. Search and Rescue volunteers set up a technical rope system and were able to pull Cote up the bank where he was tended to by medics. SAR members transported him in a side by side to the ambulance, which was approximately three miles from the accident site.
Coty was transported to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City. Baker County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the U.S. Forest Service, Eagle Valley Ambulance, and Baker County Search and Rescue.