Hiker hurt, airlifted from Opal Creek Wilderness

28-year-old woman seriously hurt her leg and her head

Marion County deputies, the Army Air National Guard and the Salem Fire Department Technical Rescue Team worked to rescue two hikers and a dog from the Opal Creek Wildnerness, August 2, 2014 (Marion County Sheriff's Office)
Marion County deputies, the Army Air National Guard and the Salem Fire Department Technical Rescue Team worked to rescue two hikers and a dog from the Opal Creek Wildnerness, August 2, 2014 (Marion County Sheriff's Office)

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A hiker was seriously injured after she fell about 30 feet when a rope gave way off a trail in the Opal Creek Wilderness in Marion County.

Sinn Escobar, her boyfriend Jacob Ross and their dog Gracie were trying to get down to a pool of water when the accident happened around 3 p.m. Saturday, officials said.

They were using a rope left behind by previous hikers. The rope gave way and the group fell. The 28-year-old woman seriously hurt her leg and her head.

Marion County deputies arrived and immediately called for more help, including the Army Air National Guard and the Salem Fire Department Technical Rescue Team.

Escobar was airlifted and flown to Legacy Emanuel for treatment. Ross and the dog were helped up the steep incline.

The operation took about two hours, officials said.

“We just ask that people stay on the regular groomed trails,” said Marion County Sgt. Shane Burnham.

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