RAND, Ore -- A hiker is not hurt this morning after falling about 50' over the edge of the Rogue River Trail.
The hiker was with family on the trail. Rural Metro Fire says the hiker was trying to avoid a snake when the fall happened. Multiple departments were called including Rural Metro Fire, American Medical Response, ODF Southwest Oregon District and Josephine County Search & Rescue.
The hiker's family members could not call 911 on the trail. Someone had to go four miles away to get a signal. When crews did get there they escorted the hiker and family out of the trail.
Rural Metro Fire says this is a good time to remind people about being safe while out on an adventure. Here's what it posted on its Facebook page.
1) Never go alone. And let someone know where you are going.
2) Not all areas (like the Rogue River Trail) have cell service. Identify the closest location to make a call to 911.
3) The river is deceptively cold and swift, and catches swimmers off-guard every year, especially those who attempt to swim across the river.
4) Learn basic first aid and CPR. It may take a while for emergency services to reach incidents in remote locations.