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Monday afternoon, July 23rd, the Seaside Fire Department was dispatched to a report that a Cannon Beach teenager had fallen approximately 60′ down Thompson Falls, near Seaside. The sixteen year old victim was located at the base of the falls below another 40 foot rock face. Access to him was extremely limited due to terrain and dense foliage.
Seaside Fire requested assistance from the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office High Angle Rescue Team (HART). While the HART team was responding and rigging their equipment, Fire and Medix personnel were able to reach the teenager using an alternative route. The HART team rigged a rope system to extricate the teenager, raising him and rescuers up the rock face. The teenager was carried to the nearby Thompson Falls subdivision, where a Life Flight Helicopter was standing by and he was transported by Life Flight to Portland Legacy Emanuel Hospital in fair condition. He is reported to be doing well today. He suffered several injuries including broken ribs, broken pelvis, fractured spine and a partially collapsed lung.
Seaside Fire, Cannon Beach Fire, Medix, Life Flight, Seaside Police, Gearhart Police, Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office and the Clatsop County HART team all assisted in the rescue. The High Angle Rescue Team was started in 1994 and is a division within the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue program. Members of the program are volunteers who train monthly for vertical surface rescues. Questions regarding the incident can be directed to Sheriff Tom Bergin or Sgt. Matt Phillips, Search and Rescue Coordinator.