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Seattle Climber Rescued After Fall At Smith Rock

TERREBONNE, OR -- Saturday morning, 911 Dispatch received a call regarding an injured hiker who reportedly had fallen approximately 35-50 feet on an unimproved route southwest of Asterick's Pass. The injured hiker was scrambling up a rock outcropping to set up a slack line. During the fall, the 21-year-old Seattle man sustained injuries that prevented him from making it down to the river trail. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Mountain Rescue Team was conducting a joint training with multiple out of county MRU teams at Smith Rock. Among those were two members of the Hood River Crag Rats, seven members of Corvallis Mountain Rescue and nine member of the Eugene Mountain Rescue.

The DCSO SAR MRU Team was notified of the incident and responded to the injured hiker. Nine DCSO SAR Volunteers responded and made contact with the injured hiker at about 10:45 a.m. DCSO SAR Volunteers saw he would have to be lowered  approximately 650 feet down to the river trail in a litter. The teams training with DCSO SAR assisted in the operation. 

The hiker was safely brought down with the assistance of the MRU Teams and was transferred to an ambulance at approximately 3:30 p.m. and was transported to St Charles for further medical evaluation.   

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