Teen hiker survives 120-foot tumble in the Gorge

Credit: KGW Reporter Mark Hanrahan

Teen hiker survives 120-foot tumble in the Gorge

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on July 30, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 30 at 4:29 PM

CORBETT, Ore. -- An 18-year-old hiker fell 20 feet and then rolled another 100 feet down a rock face at Lewis and Clark State Park Tuesday morning.

First responders said Justin Bitterlich fell off of Broughton Bluff at around 7:30 a.m.

”I thought I was going to find a dead body, honestly, when I was going down to find him," said his friend Aron Homsley.

Homsley said he and Bitterlich were on the way back down the steep terrain when the teen lost his footing.

”Justin’s foot slipped off one of the rocks because it's very steep up there," Homsley said. "And he started tumbling down the hill so I started running after him. And then he stopped for a minute and started tumbling again, even farther down the hill.”

Rescuers used a basket to haul Bitterlich down from the trail. He was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to Portland's Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, according to Corbett Fire District officials.

There was no word on his condition.

 

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KGW Reporter Mark Hanrahan contributed to this report.

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