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Father, son found safe on Oregon snowmobile trip

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BEND, OR (KPTV) -

A father and son who didn't return as planned from a snowmobiling trip have been found safe by search and rescue teams.

Family members called 911 to report them missing, saying they planned to go snowmobiling near Mount Bachelor. They identified the father and son as 40-year-old Eric Abney and 13-year-old Chase Abney, who were adequately dressed for the weather and had food, water and possible survival gear.

After getting the call, Deschutes County deputies found Eric Abney's car and snowmobile trailer at Edison Snow Park around 7:30 a.m. Monday.

About 30 volunteers and 10 full-time sheriff's office staff joined the search, and at around 1:22 p.m., a snowmobile rider called authorities to say he was with Chase Abney 5 miles south of Elk Lake.

About one hour later, the father was also found safe.

The pair had dug out a snow cave for shelter overnight, but Eric Abney left there around 1 p.m. Monday to seek help.

 Both Eric Abney and Chase Abney appeared to be in good condition.

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