Chief Daniels with Depoe Bay Fire and Rescue reported a successful extraction of a fisherman who fell 40 feet to the ground below a cliff’s edge near Otter Rock on Sunday July 10th. According to Daniels the rescue operation took over two hours. Depoe Bay fire crews were assisted by multiple organizations that form the Lincoln County Rope Rescue Team, which includes members of Newport Fire, Toledo Fire, North Lincoln Fire, and the US Coast Guard along with Pacific West Ambulance.
The Rope rescue team was able to stabilize the man, who had a compound fracture to his leg. He was then loaded into the Coast Guard helicopter and transported to the Newport Airport where he was taken by life flight to a Salem area hospital for treatment of his injuries. Crews spent about 45-minutes getting back up the rugged terrain of the cliff with their equipment after the operation. "There are several signs in the area warning to stay away from the cliff's edge, and this is why." Chief Daniels stated in a video overview of the rescue. A video of the Coast Guard hoisting the man to safety is provided by Depoe Bay Fire and Rescue.