Hiker rescued after 30-foot fall in Marion County

MARION COUNTY, Ore. - A woman was rescued and airlifted to a hospital after she fell 30 feet while hiking in Marion County on Saturday.

Sinn Escobar, 28, was seriously injured in the fall.

Sgt. Chris Baldridge with the Marion County Sheriff's Office said Escobar was hiking with her boyfriend, 32-year-old Jacob Ross, and the couple's dog, Gracie, in the Opal Creek Wilderness.

The trio was using a rope left in the area by previous hikers and it gave way, causing Escobar to fall about 30 feet. She seriously injured her head and leg in the fall, Baldridge said.

Marion County sheriff's deputies arrived and called for help from the Army Air National Guard and the Salem Fire Department Technical Rescue Team.

A National Guard helicopter airlifted Escobar to a Portland hospital. The rescue team helped get Ross and Gracie up a steep hillside to safety.

"We just ask that people stay on regular groomed trails," said Sgt. Shane Burnham.

The rescue operation took about two hours.