A Multnomah County Search and Rescue Volunteer was in critical condition after suffering a medical emergency while looking for a lost hiker early Wednesday morning along the Multnomah Falls trail.
The volunteer, whose name has not been released, was flown to Legacy Emanuel hospital about 25 minutes into a hike with his search team.
The rescuers had just made contact with a lost hiker on his cell phone when the volunteer had some kind of medical emergency. Colleagues gave him aid before he was taken down to a waiting Life Flight helicopter.
The lost hiker, Robert Gwynn of Florida, called 911 around 11 p.m. Tuesday night saying he could not find the trail back down to his car at the Multnomah Falls Lodge and his cell phone battery was low.
A search team was deployed and started up the trail around 2:45 a.m. They were finally able to talk to Gwynn on his cell phone just after 3 a.m. and pinpoint his location. Gwynn was brought down safely in good condition.
After some food and water, he talked about his ordeal, saying he was grateful for the efforts of rescuers.
I was starting to wonder if I was going to die, he said. I'm still trying to remember how I got in this predicament. I was just going for some hikes around the waterfall and started panicking a little bit once it got dark.