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FILE - This Dec. 6, 2006 file photo shows helicopter pilot John Rachor standing in front of his helicopter, in Medford, Ore. When Southern Oregonians see a tiny orange and yellow helicopter flying overhead, it could be Rachor on his way to yet another volunteer rescue mission. On Saturday, Rachor found three members of a Gold Beach family and their dog after they got lost mushroom picking. The family spent six nights without food, slept in a hollow log, and considered killing their dog for food.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — John Rachor painted his helicopter orange and yellow, so it would be easier to spot if he ever crashed and became the target of a search and rescue operation in the rugged forests of southwestern Oregon.

Over the past six years, he has been the one doing the spotting.

Saturday, he found three members of a family who got lost while picking mushrooms. And in 2006 he found a San Francisco family who got lost while driving over a snowy logging road in the same region.

Search and rescue coordinator Sara Rubrecht says Rachor is a "crazy good" searcher, with a talent that can't be taught.

Rachor attributes his success to good eyesight, a willingness to think outside the box, and the hard work of the scores of other people involved in a search.