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Coast Guard medevac hiker fallen from cliffs near Port Orford, WA

Coast Guard medevac hiker fallen from cliffs near Port Orford, WA
Archive image: An aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter flies near the North Head Light in Ilwaco, Wash., during a training flight.
Training is an essential daily activity for aircrews so they can improve their professional proficiency.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read.

PORT ORFORD, Ore.​ — A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin aircrew medevac a hiker who fell from the cliffs above Nellies Cove Monday evening​ near Port Orford.

At approximately 6:30 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Bend received an agency assistance request from Curry County Dispatch. A 21-year-old male hiker had reportedly fallen and sustained multiple injuries needing emergency medical attention.

An Air Station North Bend MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter (SRR) aircrew responded and arrived on scene at approximately 8 p.m.

Local emergency responders were on scene rendering initial medical care when the Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter aircrew arrived. The fallen hiker was hoisted into the helicopter at 8:40 p.m. and transported to Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay.

The hiker was conscious and in stable condition at 8:50 p.m. when transferred to awaiting Bay Area Hospital personnel.

Coast Guard medevac hiker fallen from cliffs near Port Orford, WA
Archive image: An aviation maintenance technician scans the surrounding area as an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter takes off from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles in Port Angeles, Washington.
All crew members aboard the aircraft always remain vigilant and communicative, flying as a cohesive unit.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Clark.

​ «The fast and efficient response by our local partners was essential in getting this man to the care he needed,» said Lt. Robert Pfaff, MH-65 Dolphin helicopter pilot and flight commander. «We’re glad the hiker was prepared to call for help so we could respond quickly. His preparedness probably saved his life.»

The Coast Guard urges mariners and hikers to always carry a reliable means of communication to call for help in case of an emergency.


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