GALICE, Ore. — The Josephine County Sheriff's Office says that a Washington man died after falling along the Rogue River Trail northwest of Galice on Tuesday.
The Sheriff's Office said it received a report of an injured hiker shortly before 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The message came through the International Emergency Response Coordination Center, originating from a personal satellite tracker.
"The message was sent from an uninjured hiker who was hiking the Rogue River Trail with the male victim who fell and was reported to be unconscious," the Sheriff's Office said.
Authorities tried to respond to the satellite message, but were unsuccessful. The hikers were reportedly near the Black Bar Lodge, and the Rogue River Trail is located across the river from the lodge.
The Sheriff's Office requested help from the U.S. Coast Guard in responding to the remote area. Just after 8:30 p.m., a Coast Guard helicopter found the fallen hiker on a large cliff between the trail and the Rogue River.
Coast Guard crews were able to extract the hiker and bring him to the Merlin Airport, but the man was pronounced dead. He was identified as 77-year-old Ernest Bolz of Wenatchee, Washington. The Sheriff's Office said that Bolz's next of kin have been notified.
Search and Rescue teams were still trying to make contact with Bolz's companion hiker as of Wednesday morning.