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Texas teen in Oregon rescued after hitting rock while jumping from cliff into water

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LINN COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

A teen from Texas was rescued after hitting a rock while jumping off a cliff into the water at Tamolitch Falls in Oregon.

Linn County deputies received a call about an injured 17-year-old girl at 2 p.m. Monday.

The girl was with her mother and five other friends from Kountze, Texas. They hiked into the falls area, which is also known as Blue Pool, to swim and jump off cliffs into the water.

The waterfall is currently dry.  

Two of the girl’s friends successfully jumped into the water from upward of 35 feet in the air. When she jumped, she hit a rock about 20 feet down, according to investigators. After colliding with the rock, she continued to fall and landed in 12 to 18 inches of water.

Deputies said the teen possibly fractured her hip. The two friends who previously jumped from the cliff did so again and were able to pull her across Blue Pool to a safe location.

There is no cell service in that area. A witness hiked the two-mile trail to call for help.

Search and Rescue teams from Linn County, Lane County, Corvallis Mountain Rescue and Eugene Mountain Rescue, along with The Upper McKenzie Fire Department, Sweet Home Fire Department and the U.S. Forest Service, responded to assist with the rescue.

First responders reached the teen by 3 p.m. She was hoisted with ropes and technical climbing gear before being flown on an Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter to a Eugene hospital for treatment at 5:43 p.m.

“Sheriff Riley would like to remind citizens that cliff diving can be very dangerous and should be avoided. Blue Pool has been the location of several search and rescue missions. If hiking or swimming in and around Blue Pool, extra caution should be taken,” according to a statement from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.

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