Coast Guard rescues man stranded on cliff south of Seaside, Ore.

Coast Guard District 13 NewsASTORIA, Ore. β€” The Coast Guard rescued a man who was stranded on a cliff south of Seaside, Ore., Saturday.

Sector Columbia River received a call from Cannon Beach, Ore., Fire and Rescue, Saturday morning, requesting assistance in locating a hiker who had become disoriented and spent Friday night in the rugged wilderness between Seaside and Cannon Beach.

The hiker had a cell phone and was in communication with Cannon Beach Fire and Rescue.

Sector Columbia River diverted an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, already in flight, to search for the man.

Based on the man’s description of his position, the crew was able to roughly determine his location.

The man spotted the helicopter well before the crew was able to see him. He used his cell phone to relay to Cannon Beach Fire and Rescue his proximity to the helicopter, who then relayed the information to the helicopter crew over the radio. The crew eventually spotted the man through the trees, on a cliff approximately two miles north of Ecola State Park.

The helicopter crew lowered a rescue swimmer to a clearing on the cliff. The rescue swimmer was able to reach the man and used a strap to secure the survivor to himself.

The survivor and rescue swimmer were hoisted to the helicopter.

The survivor displayed clear signs of hypothermia and was placed in a hypothermic bag. He was transported to Seaside Airport and placed in the care of local EMS.

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