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Man Seriously Injured in Rock Climbing Accident - Golden and Silver Falls State Natural Area northeast of Coos Bay

August 11, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

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Video link of air ambulance leaving with injured climber

An adult male was seriously injured Sunday afternoon in a rock climbing accident at Golden and Silver Falls State Natural Area about 24 miles northeast of Coos Bay. The man is identified as JEFFREY N. HARDEN, age 39, from Coos Bay.

According to Oregon State Police Trooper Josh Mullins, during the afternoon of August 11, 2013, HARDEN was climbing a rock wall near a waterfall when he fell approximately 30 - 40 feet to the rocky ground below. He was seriously injured and initially treated by Bay Cities Ambulance paramedics before they transported him a few miles from the park to a field where an air ambulance landed.

HARDEN was transported by air ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield.

Information about Golden and Silver Falls State Natural Area is available on the Oregon State Parks website at http://bit.ly/19XzXjY.


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