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Family of Six from Richland Stranded in Cabin at Sears Creek Finally Rescued

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A family of six from Richland is back in the Tri-Cities, safe and sound Thursday after they were stranded in a cabin in Chelan County for several days! A family of six from Richland is back in the Tri-Cities, safe and sound Thursday after they were stranded in a cabin in Chelan County for several days!
Photo: Ryan Scott Photo: Ryan Scott
Photo: Ryan Scott Photo: Ryan Scott
Photo: Ryan Scott Photo: Ryan Scott

CHELAN COUNTY, WA - A family of six from Richland is back in the Tri-Cities, safe and sound Thursday after they were stranded in a cabin in Chelan County for several days!

Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett says the Scott family became stranded in a cabin located in the Sears Creek drainage of west Chelan County over the weekend. Due to heavy and constant snow from Saturday through Wednesday morning, the family, who had skied into the cabin, could not ski the 2 ¼ miles back to their vehicles located on the White River Road.

65-year-old Paul and 64-year-old Pamela Scott of Richland own the cabin and had skied into the location on February 9th before the wave of storm fronts beginning to drop large amounts snow over the Cascade Range beginning on February 15th. Their son, 37-year-old Ryan Scott and his wife, 37-year-old Emily, and their two children (4years and 1 ½ years old) skied in and joined them on Saturday the 15th.  

The family tried to leave the cabin on their own Monday, but was stopped by the deep snow.  Ryan Scott had to climb to a nearby ridge to obtain cell service and call other family members for assistance.  Luckily, the Scott's had a good supply of food and firewood during the stay at the cabin.

NBC Right Now talked to Ryan Scott on Thursday, and he said that when he, his wife, and their two young kids drove up from Richland to join his parents at their cabin, they were only expecting to get a couple inches of snow.

Ryan told us that at one point, he and his dad made it a mile and a half down the two mile mountain road, before turning around and realizing - it was already filled in by snow.

Search and Rescue coordinators with the Sheriff's Office heard about the situation 7PM on Tuesday.  A local family member had called RIVERCOM to advise they attempted to ride snowmobiles into the stranded group earlier in the day, but the snow was so deep the snowmobiles bogged down and became stuck.  

On Wednesday morning, SAR personnel checked out the situation and determined over 26 inches of snow had fallen in the White River and Sears Creek drainages since Saturday afternoon.  Sears Creek Road is primarily private and is not maintained. 

A snow cat - tracked vehicle - was requested from the Chelan County PUD to assist.  The snow cat, accompanied by Sheriff's Office personnel on snowmobiles, was driven from the White River Road to the cabin.   All six members of the Scott family was transported out to their vehicles on White River Road by 12:15pm Wednesday without incident.

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