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Rescuers reach man trapped in tree near Ukiah

Phil Wright

East Oregonian

Published on August 28, 2018 3:21PM

Last changed on August 28, 2018 3:53PM

Rescuers saved a man Tuesday who was trapped upside down in a tree in the forests of the Blue Mountains.

Jodi Florence, public information officer for the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office, said Union County at 11:28 a.m. transferred an emergency report of a man hanging upside down in a tree for two days off Highway 244 near Ukiah. Finding him took some time, she said — the site was about 20 miles east of Ukiah.

Multiple agencies responded, including the sheriff’s office, Pendleton Fire and Ambulance Department, members of the United States Forest Service and the air ambulance company Life Flight.

“We just got the word that Life Flight transported him,” Florence said Tuesday afternoon.

Darcy Weseman, spokesperson for the Umatilla National Forest, said three Forest Service personnel helped locate the site and a place for the helicopter ambulance to land. She said the man fell out of a hunting stand and he was hanging from his harness when the search and rescue team reached him.

Florence said she did not have information about his identity, condition or where the flight was taking him. The East Oregonian will update the story as we gather information.


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