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Oregon man shares story of fall, 30-hour wait before being found

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Ross Steensland is recovering from a hip surgery and a fractured back following a fall down a hillside near Coos Bay. (KPTV) Ross Steensland is recovering from a hip surgery and a fractured back following a fall down a hillside near Coos Bay. (KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

An Oregon man fell several hundred feet down a steep hillside, and still survived.

Ross Steensland fell down a steep hill while on the job surveying timberland near Coos Bay.

"All of a sudden I remember looking at the ground, and all of a sudden back at the sky again, then all of sudden landed flat on my back," he recalled.

After tumbling down a brushy slope, Steensland was stranded in the wilderness with broken bones for about 30 hours before crews were able to get to him.

With no feeling in part of his body and excruciating pain in others, he did his best to crawl and search for his cellphone. He finally found it, but there was no service.

The rain began to pour as the minutes slowly ticked by

"Just waiting and hoping, I'd see a truck down there at one point start to take off and I tried yelling for it, and it just drove off," Steensland said.

His girlfriend Beth Ann Atchison knew something wasn't right when Steensland never came home after work, so she called police and organized a search effort made up of family and friends.

"To not hear from him, after dark, especially after 1:00 a.m., everybody started going crazy, getting out their getting the ball moving," Atchison said.

What was supposed to be just a half-day job for Steensland ended up not being over until searchers finally found him the next morning.

Steensland is recovering from a hip surgery and a fractured back, but he is out of the hospital and said he is anxious to get back outdoors.

Atchison is just glad to have him back safe.

"It was truly a horrifying experience in all honestly, especially being on the other end. But he was so calm and excited to see everybody."

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