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Injured man rescued after jumping 55 feet into the water at Linn Co. waterfall

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An injured man was rescued after jumping from an outcropping of rocks 55 feet above the water at Tamolitch Falls on Sunday.

Deputies said John Frank, 37, of Bend, was hiking with his wife and their 16-year-old daughter when he saw someone successfully jump from the waterfall into Blue Pool on the McKenzie River near Trail Bridge Reservoir.

Frank jumped in, but injured his chest and back when he hit the water, according to the Linn County Sheriff's office.

He swam to shore and called out for help. Deputies said his wife, a registered nurse, provided first aid while other people in the area hiked two miles out to call for help.

The Sisters Camp Sherman Rural Fire Department and McKenzie Fire Department initially responded to the scene along with the Linn County and Lane County search and rescue teams. Because of the steep terrain, the Eugene Mountain Rescue Team and the Corvallis Mountain Rescue Team also responded to assist with the high angle rescue.

Rescuers rappelled down to Frank and prepared him for an air evacuation. Just after midnight the Army National Guard responded and was able to hoist Frank to safety. He was transported to a Bend hospital for treatment.

The incident began at 4:25 p.m. Sunday.

"With summer approaching, Sheriff Riley would like to remind the public of the hazards of cliff jumping into water. This can be very dangerous and caution should be taken in and around these areas," according to a Linn County Sheriff's Office statement.

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