Man survives 40-foot fall, night alone on riverbank


SANDY, Ore. (KOIN) — A man was stranded overnight after he fell 40 feet down a nearly vertical embankment along the Sandy River late Friday.

The man, who is in his mid-40s, laid on the rocks all night until he was found by a fisherman in the morning on Saturday, July 16. He was seriously injured, but conscious and alert.

He had been camping alone on a trail above the river when he slipped and fell around 11 p.m.

Sandy Fire District and AMR’s Reach and Treat Team hiked in to rescue the man, who was taken to a trauma center.

“The man was extremely lucky to have survived both the fall and laying out on the riverbank all night. The fisherman that found him did a great job and provided good information to responders” said Sandy Fire District Division Chief Scott Howland.

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