A suburban Portland woman learned the hard way Friday that unless you’re a sure-footed hiker, you probably really shouldn’t take chance on high, slippery rock outcroppings with the pounding sea below.
That’s what happened to a 57 year old Forest Grove woman Friday who was walking with her husband toward the ocean along a path that runs along the top of Fishing Rock, just north of Depoe Bay. Instead of sticking to the trail, the two wandered out close to the edge of Fishing Rock’s headland. The woman slipped on a rock, and down she went injuring her leg.
The husband called 9-1-1 and Depoe Bay Fire Rescue was on scene in mere minutes. But they quickly ascertained that the woman’s leg injury was severe enough to have to gurney here down the headland. Trouble was, the tide was coming in, making the journey too risky.
So they called the Coast Guard. A Coast Guard Helicopter was sent by Coast Guard Station North Bend and upon arrival went right to work assessing the patient. They made sure she was okay with being lifted up a couple of hundred feet in the air on a stretcher-basket. Obviously she went along with the plan and was soon aboard the chopper inbound to Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport. She was immediately taken inside and began undergoing treatment for her injuries.
Back at the Depoe Bay Fire Hall, Lt. Patrick Ganz said when visiting the coast, especially headlands and beaches, try to stick with the clearly marked trails. Coastal rocks are slippery and falls of even a short distance can cause major injuries. Ganz added that it was good that the woman was with someone with a cell phone who could summon help.