NEWPORT, Ore. — A Coast Guard aircrew assisted local responders in the medevac of a logger near Chitwood, who reportedly fell 500 feet down a ravine and suffered from a collapsed lung and broken ribs, Friday.
An MH 65-Dolphin aircrew from Coast Guard Air Facility Newport hoisted the injured logger and transferred him to emergency medical services waiting at the Corvallis Municipal Airport.
Lincoln County Fire Department crewmembers on-scene with the injured logger contacted Coast Guard Sector North Bend watchstanders at 10:15 a.m. to request assistance. The aircrew launched and transferred the patient to EMS at approximately 11 a.m.
“It was beneficial coordinating with the Coast Guard aircrew as packing the injured logger out on foot would have taken hours to get him the care he needed,” said Larry Robeson, a training officer with the Lincoln County rope rescue team. “We had excellent responders on scene, leading to a timely and efficient rescue.”
The weather at the time of the rescue was reported to be clear and favorable with light winds.