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Coast Guard rescue at Otter Crest – chopper pushed to operating limits

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A young Depoe Bay man was rescued by Depoe Bay Fire-Rescue and the Coast Guard Thursday evening, after he fell nearly 50 feet down a steep embankment off the south end of Cape Foulweather.

Depoe Bay Fire Chief Josh Williams said the man was with friends and had been climbing on some rocks overlooking the ocean when he lost his grip. They say he tumbled down most of the way then landed hard on the beach below.

Chief Williams said that due to the remoteness of the site, Depoe Bay Fire-Rescue personnel had to hike in from a quarter of a mile away to get to him. Surprisingly, they found him conscious, breathing and still able to move all of his extremities. But he had sustained head and neck injuries.

The Newport Coast Guard rescue helicopter arrived on scene to assist. Despite very strong gusty winds, the chopper crew lowered a swimmer down with a rescue litter in tow. They hoisted the victim and the swimmer back up into the helo and made a quick beeline for the airport. Chief Williams said they didn’t go straight to the hospital because of “an issue” with the chopper which was caused by having to battle the strong winds while maintaining a precise distance from the cliff face. Williams said he was told that the pilot was operating the helo right up against its operating limits.

When the helo landed at Newport Airport, a PacWest ambulance was already there, took him aboard and took him to PCH. No word on his condition, but again he was conscious and talking and could still move his arms and legs. And that’s a very good sign.

Chief Williams said the area in which the man and his friends were recreating is extremely dangerous.

Tyler Searles heard the commotion and managed to get some video of the Coast Guard helo hoisting up the victim from the bottom of the cliff face. Notice how the helo is buffeted by the strong winds…

 

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