Man found after search on Lummi Reservation


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Whatcom County Fire District 17 personnel transport a woman on South Red River Road south of Ferndale, Wednesday , March 5, 2014.


LUMMI RESERVATION - A man who went missing on the Lummi Reservation for several hours Wednesday, March 5, has been found.

A red towncar broke down on North Red River Road near Hillaire Road on Wednesday morning, Whatcom County Sheriff's Lt. Scott Rossmiller said. So the three occupants - two men and a woman - abandoned the car and set out walking on a route that took them through muddy fields and chest-deep water.

One man made it out of the fields safely, the woman needed treatment at St. Joseph hospital for signs of hypothermia; the third person couldn't be accounted for.

Starting around 10 a.m., a search and rescue team led by Whatcom County Sheriff's deputies looked for the man in the area, with help from a U.S. border helicopter.

Hours later he was found, but the sheriff's office had not released information about his condition or where he'd been found.

None of the people had been publicly identified as of Wednesday evening. It wasn't clear why they'd left the car.

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