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Deputies: Sandy man injured after falling 40 feet down cliff while camping

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Courtesy: Sandy Fire District Courtesy: Sandy Fire District
CLACKAMAS COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

A Sandy man is in the hospital after falling down a cliff while camping, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

According to deputies, he fell about 40 feet onto rocks near the old Marmot Dam along the riverbank of the Sandy River.

He was camping by himself along a trail Friday night when he slipped and fell at around 11 p.m. according to the Sandy Fire District.

The man laid on the rocks all night and was found by a fisherman the next morning.

According to the Sandy Fire District, the man had serious injuries but was conscious and alert.

Members of the Clackamas County Regional Rope Rescue Team then built a rope system to haul the man back up the bank so he could be taken to the hospital.

"The man was extremely lucky to have survived both the fall and laying out on the riverbank all night. The fisherman that found him did a great job and provided good information to responders" said Sandy Fire District Division Chief Scott Howland. "The citizens of Clackamas County are very fortunate that several fire departments participate in the Regional Rope Rescue Team and/or the Regional Water Rescue Consortium. The expertise and equipment these teams bring allow us to make safer and more efficient technical rescues." 

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