A logger has been severely injured at a logging operation high in the coast range near Harlan and a rescue helicopter is just now arriving on scene to try to pick him up and fly him to a trauma center.
Reports from the scene indicates that some kind of accident occurred during which a logger lost one of his legs. The term “rigging” was used to describe the victim’s immediate surroundings at the time of the accident.
Chopper still trying to find a safe enough place to land. Sounds like they found a spot.
REACH chopper cannot access the site. Calling in the Coast Guard with extra equipment, including a rescue basket. The Coast Guard helo can hover from a high elevation, drop the basket, have the victim strapped in, and then hoist him up to the helo – then make a B-line to a trauma center.
Apparently the Coast Guard couldn’t make it. Finally got the guy into an ambulance and met REACH out of Corvallis at a spot near Highway 20. NOW the victim is enroute to a trauma center in Portland.