Coast Guard helicopter assists Forest Grove firefighters in ravine rescue

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter was called into action Thursday to rescue a surveyor who had fallen into a ravine deep in the woods in Washington County.

According to Forest Grove firefighters, the 57-year-old man was with a team of Washington County surveyors. While they were working near Gales Creek Campground off of the Wilson River Highway, the man fell about 20 feet into a ravine and creek bed at about 2:30 p.m.

Firefighters said the man was in extreme pain. They said he appeared to have broken ribs and other internal injuries.

Since the terrain was so steep, firefighters called the Coast Guard, which sent a HH-60J Jayhawk from its station in Astoria to assist in the rescue.

The helicopter crew hoisted the man 75 feet to safety. The crew also hoisted a paramedic from Forest Grove for the flight to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland.

The condition of the injured man is unknown.