CROOKED RIVER RANCH, Ore. - A 12-year-old Damascus girl was seriously injured Thursday when she slipped and fell into a canyon north of Redmond.
It took two hours for rescuers to get Allison Billard safely out of the canyon, using a rope and pulley system. She was rushed by helicopter to St. Charles Hospital in Bend, then airlifted to a Portland hospital in serious condition.
Crooked River Ranch Fire Chief Tim McLaren said such falls were not unusual, and crews average about five rescues a year. Thursday's mishap was the first for this year, he told KTVZ.