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Logger rescued near Gales Creek

A U.S. Coast Guard rescue helicopter hovered above the Coast Range forest west of Gales Creek, assisting a logger who broke both his legs Monday morning.

Forest Grove Fire & Rescue reported that the logger, a 26-year-old male from Kelso, Wash., was struck by a rolling tree during a felling operation around 6:05 a.m. July 15.

“As far as I know, his condition is not life-threatening,” said Capt. Chris Woodford of FGF&R.

Employees of the logging company, Nyberg Logging, were working two miles north of Highway 6 near milepost 35 off Rodgers Road through the Gales Creek Campground, according to firefighters.

Ten firefighters responded, including a technical team that reached the victim 400 feet down a steep ravine from the logging road where the felling operation was based. Trevor Storms, an FGF&R intern and paramedic-in-training, treated the logger on-site.

“Trevor’s a pretty valuable guy to have around,” said Woodford.

Because emergency vehicles couldn’t reach the logger from the ravine, the rescue helicopter arrived and lowered a basket to haul the logger up. By 8:40 a.m. he was on his way with Storms to Oregon Health & Science University for treatment. His current condition is unknown.




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