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Mother, son saved after fall from Multnomah Falls trail

Bystander from Gresham and forest ranger rescue pair

A young man from Gresham helped rescue a mother and her toddler after they fell about 25 feet down a steep embankment off a hiking trail at Multnomah Falls this morning. A tree branch stopped them from tumbling another 175 feet to the Columbia River Highway.

Bystander Brad Schultz, 21, of Gresham and Forest Ranger Jarrod Fogel, 21, of Beaverton climbed down after the victims - identified as Petra Evans, 34, and her 3-year-old son, Charlie, both of Beaverton - and helped them back up the embankment, said Lt. Jason Gates, Multnomah County sheriff's office spokesman.

The mother was pushing her son in a stroller about a half-mile up the Multnomah Falls trail at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 29, when the accident happened.

She'd gotten about 400 yards past the waterfall's bridge when she tried to turn the stroller around and a wheel got caught in a rut, slipping over the embankment edge. Not about to let go of the stroller containing her son, the mother tumbled down the embankment after him, Gates said. A branch from an old growth tree stopped the woman, who held onto her son by the wrist until a bystander discovered them.

Mother and child sustained cuts and bruises, which paramedics and Corbett firefighters checked out. Doctors at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center treated a cut on the back of the child's head.