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Boy survives 40-foot fall from cliff

Ten-year-old is rescuted by firefighters from Crooked River Ranch

by: Photo courtesy CRR Fire District - Crooked River Ranch firefighters and AirLife personnel prepare a 10-year-old boy who fell from a cliff for transport. Pictured standing, from left to right, is Chuck Rich, Ranch Fire Chief Patrick Reitz, an AirLife flight nurse, Dennis Senko and the AirLife pilot. Kneeling is Dave Knight, Joe Senko, Julie Reitz and Randy Fankhauser.

   May 7, 2003 — Volunteers with the Crooked River Ranch Rural Fire Protection District rescued a 10-year-old boy Sunday that fell from a cliff over the Deschutes River Canyon.
   An AirLife helicopter transported Darral Montport to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, where he was admitted for a fractured pelvis, fractured ribs and a ruptured spleen. His name was not released.
   Crooked River Ranch firefighters said the boy first fell 8 to 12 feet, landed, then slid down another slope before falling an additional 30 to 40 feet. He then slid for another 45 feet before coming to a stop.
   Brandon Newberry, a 9-year-old friend accompanying Montport, ran to call 911. Ranch firefighters then reached the child on foot and carried him a quarter of a mile to a pickup, where he was driven another half mile to the AirLife helicopter.
   Deputies with the Jefferson and Deschutes county sheriff's offices also assisted with the rescue effort.
   The accident occurred just before noon Sunday on Bureau of Land Management property near South Meadow Road in Crooked River Ranch.
   Firefighters said the incident occurred in an area known for its unstable cliffs and hillside surface, and could have been avoided had the boys been using established trails.