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Coast Guard helicopter crew rescues fallen hiker near Port Orford

A US Coast Guard helicopter crew airlifted a 21-year-old hiker who fell from the cliffs above Nellies Cove near Port Orford on Monday evening.

Posted: May 11, 2021 10:38 AM
Updated: May 11, 2021 10:42 AM

PORT ORFORD, Ore. — A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a 21-year-old hiker who fell from the cliffs above Nellies Cove near Port Orford on Monday evening.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Bend received a request for assistance from Curry County dispatch around 6:30 p.m. on Monday evening. According to dispatch, the hiker had fallen and sustained multiple injuries that needed emergency medical attention.

USCG sent out a MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew that arrived on the scene around 8 p.m. Local first responders were already on the scene, rendering first aid to the fallen hiker. The Coast Guard crew airlifted the injured hiker into the helicopter by 8:40 p.m. and brought him to Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay.

According to the Coast Guard, the hiker was conscious and in stable condition when he was delivered to hospital staff a few minutes later.

"The fast and efficient response by our local partners was essential in getting this man to the care he needed," said Lt. Robert Pfaff, MH-65 pilot and flight commander. "We're glad the hiker was prepared to call for help so we could respond quickly. His preparedness probably saved his life."

USCG urged mariners and hikers to always carry a means of calling for help in case of emergency.

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