PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 43-year-old hiker who fell near Cascade Locks on Tuesday was spotted Friday by other hikers, then rescued by searchers and airlifted by the Coast Guard to a Portland hospital.
Around 4 p.m. Friday the hikers called 911 and reported the man needed medical attention on the Gorton Creek Trail. He was conscious and breating but confused, hurt and maybe hypothermic, they said.
A multi-agency search-and-rescue effort was launched. Once they reached the injured hiker, he said he fell off a 50-foot cliff and possibly others, officials said.
Because of the terrain and his injuries, the rescue crews called for the Coast Guard, who sent an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Columbia River to take the man to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.
The hiker’s name has not been released at this time.
“He was extremely fortunate. Had those hikers not located him, he had a very low chance of survival through the night,” said Search & Rescue Coordinator Deputy Chris Guertin. “The work of the search and rescue teams, first responders, and the quick response from the Coast Guard led to a successful outcome today.”