Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read
WARRENTON — The Coast Guard rescued a hiker Wednesday, Sept. 6, from the side of a cliff in Ecola State Park.
Watchstanders with Sector Columbia River in Warrenton received a request for assistance at 12:30 a.m. from Clatsop County Search and Rescue. The hiker, a 29-year-old from Chicago, had become separated from his girlfriend Tuesday, and ground crews were unable to find him.
With heavy smoke and limited flying conditions, the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew waited until daylight to start the search.
The helicopter crew found and hoisted the hiker from the side of a cliff in the park.
“The man told us that he attempted to climb up the cliff three times but fell each time,” Lt. Patrick Wright, pilot of the rescue helicopter, said in a news release. “He was approximately 200 to 300 feet below the top of the cliff, but he was still about 600 feet above the waterline. The entire rescue crew did a great job of searching the cliffside and eventually rescuing this individual. We are glad he can be reunited with family and friends.”
The Coast Guard took the hiker to emergency medical services waiting at Air Station Astoria in Warrenton, where he was treated for minor injuries and exhaustion, then transferred to Columbia Memorial Hospital for evaluation.