CLEARWATER, Ore. — Rescue crews were able to reach and save a 17-year-old boy who slipped and fell almost 30 feet at Toketee Falls in the Umpqua National Forest on Sunday, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.
911 received a report around 2:30 p.m. about the teen, who reportedly fell 100 feet from Toketee Falls. When emergency crews arrived at the scene, they found that the 17-year-old Redmond boy had crossed over a safety railing and dropped about 10 feet, before sliding 20 more feet down the embankment.
"The male suffered only minor injuries. Rescue crews were able to safely assist him back to the trail where he walked back to the parking lot on his own," the Sheriff's Office said.
The teen was taken to Mercy Medical Center by ambulance to be evaluated.
The area has seen several injuries and deaths in recent years — often tied to people crossing over safety fences. In September of 2018, search crews recovered the body of a California man who had fallen to his death at Toketee Falls under similar circumstances. Just a few months earlier, a Medford woman was injured while hiking in the same area.
"The Sheriff's Office urges individuals to stay within the safety railings when hiking into the falls," the agency said. "Crossing the railings has previously resulted in serious injuries and deaths."
In February of 2019, search crews began searching for a man from the Salem area after he and a friend reportedly became separated near Toketee Falls. Searchers found his body several months later.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Douglas County Search and Rescue, Douglas County Fire District #2, REACH Air Ambulance, Bay Cities Ambulance and Oregon State Police.