Man rescued, fell 30 ft near Deschutes River

Man flown to hospital with life-threatening injuries

Deschutes River and Three Sisters (Wiki Commons)
Deschutes River and Three Sisters (Wiki Commons)

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A central Oregon search and rescue coordinator says a 35-year-old Bend man who fell about 30 feet onto rocks near the Deschutes River in the Dillon Falls area has been rescued and flown to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Deschutes County sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Husband says Chris Brinegar apparently lost his balance and fell from a very steep overlook on Tuesday.

Husband says the man had been in the area with a friend, had walked a short distance off trail and stepped onto rocks right next to the overlook.

Rescuers secured him in a basket and raised the basket with ropes. Husband says the injured man was then moved on a wheeled stretcher to an area near the Dillon Falls boat ramp for air transport. He was taken to St. Charles Hospital in Bend.

More than 30 rescuers responded.

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