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Coast Guard medevac hiker fallen 100 ft near Hug Point State Park, Oegon

Coast Guard medevac hiker fallen 100 ft near Hug Point State Park, Oegon
Archive image: a U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk from Coast Guard Station Astoria, Ore., lifts a pilot from the 123rd Fighter Squadron, 142nd Fighter Wing from the Columbia River, July 7, 2016, during a joint water survival exercise.
U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs.

SEASIDE, Ore. — A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew medevac a male hiker who fell more than 100 feet from a cliff Friday afternoon near Hug Point State Park south of Cannon Beach.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a request for assistance from Seaside emergency dispatch at 4:27 p.m. First responders with the Seaside Fire Department were on scene but were unable to recover the fallen hiker safely.

A Sector Columbia River (Air Station Astoria) aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter responded and hoisted the hiker at 5:15 p.m.

The helicopter aircrew transported the hiker to Sector Columbia River where he was conscious and responsive. A Life Flight aircrew transported the man to Portland for higher medical care.

A Sector Columbia River aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter medevacs a fallen hiker near Hug Point State Park, OR, on Friday, March 5. The aircrew worked with multiple partner agencies to effect the rescue.
U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Clark / Air Station Astoria.

«Effective coordination with our partner agencies ensured a safe and efficient transfer of the survivor,» said Lt. Derrick Rockey, MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter pilot. «Working together to get the hiker to higher medical care was the goal, and we got it done.»

The Coast Guard encourages those venturing outdoors to always be aware of surroundings and be mindful of dangerous terrain. Hikers should have the proper equipment and a reliable means of communication in case of an emergency.


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