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Coast Guard, partners medevac injured hiker near Cape Arago State Park, OR

Coast Guard, partners medevac injured hiker near Cape Arago State Park, OR
Archive image: U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Survival Technician 3rd Class Brendan Davis, Coast Guard Sector North Bend, ascends for extraction via helicopter during water survival training at Lake of the Woods near Klamath Falls, Ore., July 22, 2016. Aircrew Flight Equipment members joined with Klamath County Sheriff’s Department agencies and members of Coast Guard Sector North Bend to provide Kingsley’s F-15 pilots water survival training in the event of an emergency ejection.
U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy.

CAPE ARAGO, Ore. — The Coast Guard medevac a hiker near Cape Arago State Park Saturday afternoon after he reportedly fell down a cliff and sustained injuries.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Bend received an agency assistance request at 10:50 a.m. Local emergency responders had arrived on scene but were unable to safely transport the injured hiker from his remote location.

At approximately 11 a.m., an MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery (SRR) helicopter aircrew diverted from a training mission to respond. The rescue aircrew refueled at Sector North Bend before arriving on scene at Cape Arago.

The MH-65 Dolphin crew landed on a nearby beach at approximately 11:45 a.m., allowing the rescue swimmer to disembark and assess the situation.

At 12:30 p.m., the aircrew hoisted the hiker into the helicopter due to the challenging terrain.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Sector North Bend medevac a man who fell while hiking along the cliffs of Cape Arago on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. The aircrew diverted from a training mission after receiving an agency assistance request from local emergency responders.
U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Clark.

The hiker was transported to awaiting emergency medical (EMS) personnel at Sector North Bend where he was reported to be in stable condition.

The Coast Guard urges public, whether on the water or exploring trails on land, to remain aware of your surroundings and respect your limitations. Always have a reliable means of communication to reach emergency responders.

-USCG-

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