Man rescued after 800-foot cliff fall at Crater Lake
NORTH BEND, Ore. (AP) — A man has been rescued after falling 800 feet down the sheer walls of Crater Lake National Park, the caldera of a dormant volcano in southern Oregon.
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter hoisted the man to safety Monday afternoon, according to a release from the agency.
The helicopter responded after a rope rescue team lowered 600 feet down the cliff face but was unable to reach the man, who they could hear calling for help even further below. National Park Service officials requested helicopter assistance.
The man was transported to a hospital in unknown condition, but was able to walk after the rescue, according to the Coast Guard.
In a separate online message, the National Park Service warned of the danger of the steep caldera walls, in places rising nearly 2,000 feet above the lake surface.