Not in Kansas anymore: Woman rescued from Oregon cliff


Callie Ellwood said she was walking near a trail when she slipped and slid down a steep, rocky embankment

Callie Ellwood was rescued unhurt from a steep rocky cliff along the southern Oregon Coast, Sept. 20, 2019. (Curry County Sheriff’s Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Kansas woman found herself stranded hundreds of feet above the ocean after sliding down a rocky cliff north of Brookings.

Callie Ellwood called 911 just before 1 p.m. on Friday. She told deputies she had parked along the highway and went for a walk on a trail. She said she left the trail to see if she could get down to the beach but slipped and slid down a steep embankment.

Using 911 mapping, Curry County deputies decided Ellwood was near the House Rock viewpoint. Rescuers in a LifeFlight helicopter spotted Ellwood perched precariously on an unstable rocky ridgeline some 300 feet above the rocky beach below.

A Coast Guard helicopter team arrived and sent a rescuer down to Ellwood. She was lifted off the rocks and flown to Brookings Airport, then taken back to her car.

She was unharmed and extremely grateful to her rescuers.

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