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North Bend Coast Guard Assists Rescuing Immobilized Hiker
The Coast Guard and local fire department crews rescued a 19-year-old male hiker in the vicinity of Whale Cove on Tuesday, January 2nd, after he reportedly suffered seizures and became immobilized. Watch standers received a report from Lincoln City dispatchers at 4pm regarding a male with medical issues on a cliff who was unable to be moved by local rescuers. Members of Depoe Bay Fire and Rescue were already on scene. In addition to the helicopter crew, a crew from the Coast Guard Station in Depoe Bay took a vehicle to the scene, where they used radios to relay information between the fire members on the cliff and the aircrew.
A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Sector North Bend deployed to Air Facility Newport, medevaced the hiker and safely transferred him to medical personnel at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital. Due to the tree height and a strong east wind over the steep terrain, the aircrew was unable to hoist the hiker from the cliff and landed in a tidal pool on a cove shelf 100-feet below the cliff, where they could safely conduct the medevac.