A man fell down a very steep drop-off on Big Creek Road just south of the Newport Pool Tuesday afternoon. A resident walking his dog heard a man yelling and wailing from down below. The man called 9-1-1 and Newport Fire Rescue was soon on scene and quickly configured a rope rescue apparatus that allowed a fire fighter and two Newport Police officers to be lowered down near the man who continued to yell and scream so loudly that it echoed off the hillsides.
After about 15 minutes of trying to help the man climb up part of the way, it was determined he lacked the strength or coordination to do it. So they lowered a tethered rescue basket. A few minutes later the man, still screaming (sometimes obscenities at his rescuers), was pulled up to road level where he was checked out. It was determined that despite his 50 foot tumble, he suffered no obvious injuries.
However, due to the man’s mental state, they left him tied inside his basket which they carried to the entrance to Frank Wade Sports Park. The man was still highly agitated and otherwise uncooperative, so police handcuffed him and loaded him into their police cruiser and took him to the Lincoln County Jail. As it turned out, the man had been making quite a ruckus in and around Safeway and Fred Meyer earlier in the afternoon and was ordered off their properties. He then apparently cut through the woods behind Fred Meyer where he eventually crossed over Big Creek Road and fell over the side.
For fire rescue and the cops, all in a days work.