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Tragic story of family lost in Oregon - 3 survived, one did not
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Date: 12/6/06 8:48 PM

I've been following the story of James and Kati Kim, a couple who was lost with their two children in the Oregon wilderness on their drive home to San Francisco. You have probably seen it on the news - the mother and two daughters were found by a helicopter on Monday, near their car, alive and OK. Sadly, they just found the father's body this afternoon. He had left on Saturday morning to find help. The family got lost on Saturday, November 25. The mother and daughters, aged 7 months and 4 years, survived for 9 days in the car. The mother was able to breast feed the daughters to give them nourishment. It's wonderful their alive but so sad to have lost a father and husband and friend to many. James was a senior editor for CNET and I remember seeing him on the now defunct show TechTV.

I just wanted to remind all of you, when you're setting out for your holiday vacations or just driving anywhere, to be prepared, especially if your route takes you to places where you could get lost or stranded by the weather. I've driven many mountain roads and just because there is a road on the map doesn't mean that it's wise to drive it. It may be scenic during the day but at night (and the sun sets early in the mountains and forest!) or in bad weather it can be a bad choice. The Kims missed the turn off for the state highway they intended to take and took another road instead, one that is often impassible in the winter and is even difficult in the summer. They were on their way to a lodge near the coast. It was late, after 9:00 pm, and they had at least 3-4 hours driving to get to the coast. The weather was bad too, cold and snowing. Maybe they felt pressed to get to there and didn't want to cancel or miss out on staying there. Please don't let the rush to get to your destination or fear of losing money by canceling a reservation cloud your judgement.

And you should always carry more than you need when traveling in remote areas: food, water, extra clothing, first aid kit, flashlight.

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Date: 12/6/06 9:14 PM

And an EPIRB.

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Date: 12/6/06 9:56 PM

Would you mind translating that?

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Date: 12/6/06 10:16 PM

It stands for Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon. No, I didn't know what that meant, either.

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Date: 12/6/06 10:30 PM

I saw on the news today that they found him. It's such a sad story. People just don't understand how dangerous driving around in snow can be.

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Date: 12/6/06 10:49 PM

It's so tragic isn't it?

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Date: 12/7/06 0:04 AM

It's so important to stay with your vehicle too. You have a much better chance of survival if you stay put, even though it seems as if you're not doing anything.

So sad for the family. God rest this gentleman's soul.

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Date: 12/7/06 1:30 AM

Lori's advice is very good. However, those who are planning to drive in the back country, especially in winter conditions really would be well advised to go to a AAA office & ask questions about the various routes & road conditions for getting to their destinations. The road that family took is *Not Recommended* in winter conditions. Starting out at 9 p.m. in wet, icy snowy conditions is something even the experienced would not do. Mr. Kim is not the first to lose his life in that same area in the same conditions.

The Search & Rescue teams from four counties coordinated & over 100 members participated in that effort. One was injured trying to find Mr. Kim.

We are all saddened by this tragic loss.

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Date: 12/7/06 3:31 AM

The Los Angeles Times story said that poor Mr. Kim had spent quite a bit of time poring over maps to find the shortest route to their destination, and that route included, as Pat said, roads that were not advisable or maintained year-round.

How sad for them all.

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Date: 12/7/06 6:59 AM

My husband is a trained search and rescue responder. He would add that you stay put, and never leave your shelter, which in this case was their car. The event is just so trajic for this family.

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