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Bend Woman Rescued From Mt. Washington

LINN COUNTY, OR -- A Bend climber was rescued from Mt. Washington after spending the night in freezing temperatures. Deschutes County 911 received a call from 20-year-old Sarah Ford Sunday night, with just 1% battery left on her phone.

Linn County Under Sheriff Jim Zon tells KBND she had been hit in the head by a falling rock while rappelling down from the 7700-foot level. "This caused her to fall 15' where she sustained a serious leg injury with the bone exposed. At this time, I do not know her current status, she was flown to Riverbend Hospital in Springfield."
Ford tried to hike down to the 6200-foot level, but was unable to continue due to her injuries. Because of the rugged terrain, A National guard unit flew in from Salem to help in the rescue.

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