U.S. Coast Guard Rescues Man in Washington County | 101 KXL

U.S. Coast Guard Rescues Man in Washington County

Written by Cort Johnson on July 18, 2014

WASHINGTON COUNTY, OR – A county surveyor was rescued Thursday, after falling 20 feet into a steep ravine and into a creek bed.

Forest Grove Fire & Rescue responded just before 2:30pm on the report of a fall near Gales Creek Campground, just off the Wilson River Highway in the Tillamook State Forest.

Division Chief David Nemeyer says the 57-year-old man was concious and talking with crews, but in extreme pain due to broken ribs.

Because of the steep terrain, a decision was made to call for a Coast Guard helicopter to assist in the rescue.

A HH-60J Jayhawk from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria arrived to the scene shortly afterward and worked with firefighters to hoist the man 75-feet into the air.

Nemeyer reports that the helicopter clipped a small maple tree during the operation, but the pilot determined everything was okay.  The man was transported, along with a Forest Grove Fire & Rescue member to a Portland hospital.

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