Man with Leg Trapped Under Rock Rescued from Bottom of Waterfall

WASHOUGAL, Washington — Emergency crews used a system of ropes to rescue a man whose leg was trapped by a rock at the bottom of a waterfall.

Skamania County authorities were called out to Dougan Falls on the Upper Washougal River at just after 8 p.m. Monday.

They arrived to find a man just downstream from a small waterfall stuck in a turbulent patch of water with his leg under a rock.

First responders worked with others at the river to place a flotation device on the man and get ropes wrapped around him.

The goal was to stabilize him until more rescue teams arrived at the scene.

In all, Skamania County EMS, Skamania County Fire District No. 4, Skamania County Fire District No. 5, the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office and the Regional Technical Rescue Team all responded.

Rescue crews created an advanced rope system to get additional lines around the trapped man. Firefighters said he was able to help, as well, by placing a harness on himself.

He was then pulled upstream by rescue teams, managing to free his leg from underneath the rock.

The man was placed in a rescue basket and brought up the embankment to a waiting medical team.

He was then taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for treatment of hypothermia and other minor injuries.


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