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Coast Guard, partners rescue injured hiker near Cascade Locks, OR

Coast Guard, partners rescue injured hiker near Cascade Locks, OR
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.

PORTLAND, Ore. — A Coast Guard Sector Columbia River MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew rescue a seriously injured hiker Friday from a canyon near Cascade Locks in Hood River County.

Watchstanders at Sector Columbia River received an agency assistance request from Oregon Emergency Management approximately 5:30 p.m.

Two hikers found the injured man near Gorton Creek Trail on Friday. The man reportedly fell, sustained immobilizing injuries and became stranded in the canyon Tuesday, three days earlier.

When the Coast Guard received initial notification, the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office and other first responders were on scene administering immediate medical care but were unable to safely medevac the injured hiker due to challenging terrain.

The MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew was conducting training offshore when diverted to Air Station Columbia River to retrieve necessary equipment and a rescue swimmer (Aviation Survival Technician). The aircrew departed from Air Station Columbia River at approximately 6 p.m.

A Coast Guard Sector Columbia River aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter hoists an injured hiker from a canyon near Cascade Locks, Hood River, OR on Friday, Jan. 22. The survivor was found by other hikers on Friday after sustaining immobilizing injuries on Tuesday, three days prior.
U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Clark.

The aircrew arrived on scene and deployed the rescue swimmer at 6:42 p.m. The survivor was successfully hoisted from the canyon in a coordinated effort between the Coast Guard aircrew and other responders on scene before being transported to Legacy Emanuel Memorial Hospital in Portland.

«The​ interoperability of federal, state and local agencies made the difference. It saved this man’s life,» said Greg Merten, operations unit specialist and search and rescue controller at Sector Columbia River. «Knowing information about the terrain, medical condition of the hiker, allowed us to prepare and to arrange everything to successfully effect the rescue.»

At 8 p.m., the survivor was transfered in stable condition to the hospital’s trauma team.

The Coast Guard urges mariners and those exploring remote areas inland to have a plan and to let others know when you expect to return. Always have a reliable means of communication to reach first responders in case of emergency.

-USCG-

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