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News Release
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Technical Rescue at Sahalie Falls (Photo) - 06/05/24

At 10:32 Wednesday morning, Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District was dispatched to a report of a Technical Rescue at Sahalie Falls. It was reported that an elderly male had fallen approximately 40 feet over a cliff near the base of the falls. Sweet Home Fire responded with one medic unit and a rescue vehicle and made the one hour drive east to make contact with the patient. Once on scene, medics encountered the patient near the base of the falls with bystanders rendering aid. Thankfully, he sustained non-life threatening injuries but was unable to walk and extremely cold due to being so close to the falls. Lane and Linn County Search and Rescue teams arrived shortly after Sweet Home Fire units and facilitated rescue operations. The lengthy rescue involved rope systems to raise the patient up the face of a cliff to the trail where he was then carried back down to the parking lot approximately a half-mile away. The decision was made during the rescue operation to utilize air ambulance via Life Flight to transport the patient to Riverbend Hospital due to his condition. Due to the remote area, the landing zone was established on Hwy 126, closing down the highway temporarily. We would like to thank our outstanding partners who helped make this a successful outcome. We would also like to take this time and remind all of you to be safe when enjoying the outdoors. Plan ahead and know your limitations to help you stay safe.  

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