High-angle rescue closes Hwy 99E in Clackamas Co.

Rescue happened near Oregon City Falls

Clackamas Fire crews at a high-angle rescue near Willamette Falls off Hwy 99E, June 8, 2016 (Clackamas Fire tweet)
Clackamas Fire crews at a high-angle rescue near Willamette Falls off Hwy 99E, June 8, 2016 (Clackamas Fire tweet)

OREGON CITY, Ore. (KOIN) — A high-angle rescue took place in Clackamas County Wednesday, forcing authorities to close Hwy 99E during the emergency response.

The man called for help about 11:15 a.m., Clackamas Fire Department officials told KOIN 6 News. He said he was scaling the wall when he lost his footing and was unable to continue. He was stuck about 60 feet from the ground and 20 feet from the road.

Firefighters responded quickly and were able to secure the climber with a rope and harness and use a rope system to get him to safety. He wasn’t hurt.

The rescue took place in the 300 block of S. McLoughlin in the area of the viewpoint near Oregon City Falls, officials said.

Highway 99E and the railroad were shut down during the rescue.

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