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Sheriff's office: Man rescued after 60-foot jump off Rock Creek Falls

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SKAMANIA COUNTY, WA (KPTV) -

A Coast Guard crew hoisted an injured man to safety Wednesday after he jumped from the top of Rock Creek Falls in Skamania County.

The Skamania County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call around 3:45 p.m. about a man who had jumped from Rock Creek Falls and was injured.

According to the sheriff's office, Robert Joseph Sellars, 52, had hiked to the falls with his wife, two sons and a friend. He made his way to the top of the 60-foot waterfall, jumped and hit the rocks below, which resulted in a serious back injury.

When crews arrived to the scene, they were able to stabilize Sellars and move him from the shallow water.

A helicopter from the U.S. Coast Guard Astoria was brought in to hoist Sellars from the canyon. He was then taken to OHSU for treatment. His current condition is unknown.

According to the sheriff's office, Sellars wife said her husband is a "cliff diver," and she was filming when he jumped from the top of the falls.

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