Injured Hiker Rescued from Lava Island

Date: 5/16/2015

Injured Hiker Rescued from Lava Island

Injured Hiker Rescued from Lava Island
BY:
Deputy Jim Whitcomb
Assistant SAR Coordinator

Photographer/Injured: Deacon, Matt
32 year old male
Bend, OR
Reporting person: Davis, Mark - one of the Kayakers
Bend, OR

On 05/16/2015 at about 1554 hours, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a report of a subject that had sustained an injury after falling on rocky terrain while on Lava Island. The reporting person, Davis, advised that Deacon had been in this area taking photos of Davis and 3 other kayakers going down Lava Island Falls when he slipped and fell. It was reported that the location was in a difficult area to access and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Swiftwater team may need to access the location by boat. Davis reported that Deacon may not be able to walk out without injuring himself further.

14 Search and Rescue members were currently enroute back to Bend after assisting Redmond Fire with a rescue at Smith Rock at the time of this call. These 14 SAR members responded to the Meadow Camp Recreation Site along with a SAR Coordinator and a USFS LEO. 7 DCSO SAR Swiftwater team members were currently training at the First Street Rapids in Bend and were deployed to assist.

Upon arrival at Meadow Camp at about 1600 hours, the SAR teams were guided to the best access point to cross the river to Lava Island. Deacon’s injuries were accessed and he was able to walk out with the assistance of SAR members. The SAR Swiftwater Team’s boat was not needed, although a fixed line was placed across the access point on the river to aid in a safer crossing.
Deacon was taken to St Charles Medical Center in Bend by his friends for treatment of his non-life-threatening injuries.

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