BEND, OR -- A Bend man remains in critical condition in the ICU after he fell from a cliff near Dillon Falls, Tuesday. 35-year old Chris Brinegar fell 30' just after noon. Lt. Brian Husband with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office tells KBND News, "911 dispatch received a call from a friend that a man walking along Dillon Falls was walking too close to the edge and stumbled on the rocks and fell 30-40 feet, and was injured in the process of doing that." It took rescue crews 2.5 hours to get Brinegar up from the rocks. During that time, dispatchers reported he was in and out of consiousness and may have stopped breathing at one point.
Dozens of Search and Rescue personnel were called in to assist in the difficult high-angle rescue. Brinegar was eventually brought up from the rocks and transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center-Bend. Lt. Husband says alcohol may have been a factor in the incident.