Bend teen survives fall near Mt. Bachelor summit

Bend teen survives fall near Mt. Bachelor summit

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by Associated Press

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Posted on August 21, 2009 at 7:57 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 10 at 1:00 PM

BEND, Ore. (AP) -- A Bend teenager survived a 150-foot fall near the summit of Mount Bachelor.

Deschutes County sheriff's Cpl. Wayne Morgan says 18-year-old Thomas William Johnston had been hiking and climbing with a half-dozen friends when he fell Thursday afternoon.

Mount Bachelor employees working on projects reached Johnston first and stabilized him. Deschutes County rescuers soon joined them, aided in their climb by a chair lift.

The same lift helped Johnston down the mountain and to a waiting ambulance that took him to a Bend hospital. Morgan says the injuries are not life-threatening.

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