Sandy man seriously injured following 40-foot fall down embankment Friday night
The man was taken to an area trauma center
A Sandy man in his mid-40s Sandy fell 40 feet down a nearly vertical embankment onto rocks below along the riverbank in a remote area of the Sandy River Friday, suffering serious injuries.
When the Sandy Fire District and Hoodland Fire District were dispatched to the old Marmot Dam site on Saturday morning, they discovered that the man had been camping by himself along a trail above the river Friday night when he slipped and fell at about 11 p.m.
The man laid on the rocks all night and was found by a fisherman Saturday morning, according to fire district officials He was conscious and alert. Paramedics from AMR's Reach and Treat Team and Sandy Fire District hiked in and were able to begin treatment to stabilize the patient and prepare him for transport.
Meanwhile, members of the Clackamas County Regional Rope Rescue Team also responded and built a rope system to haul the patient back up the bank where he could be taken to an ambulance for transport to a trauma center. At the same time, LifeFlight helicopter ambulance was activated but had to abort due to poor weather conditions.
"The man was extremely lucky to have survived both the fall and laying out on the riverbank all night. The fisherman that found him did a great job and provided good information to responders" said Sandy Fire District Division Chief Scott Howland. "The citizens of Clackamas County are very fortunate that several fire departments participate in the Regional Rope Rescue Team and/or the Regional Water Rescue Consortium. The expertise and equipment these teams bring allow us to make safer and more efficient technical rescues." Other agencies participating in the rescue included Sandy Fire District, Hoodland Fire District, Estacada Fire District, Clackamas County Fire District #1, American Medical Response and the Clackamas County Sheriff's office.