Rescuers help injured hiker near Horsetail

RESCUERS help injured woman over rough terrain Thursday.

RESCUERS help injured woman over rough terrain Thursday.

Multnomah County Sheriff’s deputies and volunteers provided mutual aid Thursday to an injured hiker near Horsetail Falls area west of Cascade Locks.

At 1:20 p.m. crews responded to the 62 year old woman hiker who had suffered an isolated leg injury while hiking the trail to a location known as Rock Arch. An AMR Reach and Treat Team, members of Corbett Fire and the Sheriff’s Office Green Hornet Trail Rescue Team responded to assist the hiker after it was determined she would not be able to walk out on her own, according to Sheriff’s officials. Members of the MCSO Trail Rescue team were the first to reach the victim and were able to guide the other medical services quickly to her. The victim had slid from a switch back where there was a narrow stretch of trail. Because it was also steep in that area the teams decided it would be safest to lower her down using a rope system to a wider and flatter area of the trail. From there she was brought down on a wheeled stokes.

The response to this call is another excellent example of the great partnerships between Fire, Medical and Sheriff’s Office personnel, and in this case it led to the fast response and reduce extraction time of the injured hiker considering the tough terrain and her inability to walk herself out,” said MCSO Lt. Travis W. Gullberg.

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