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Seriously Injured Suicidal Man Rescued from Side of Cliff north of Florence
09/04/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

A suicidal 45-year old Elmira-area man was rescued Friday night by Siuslaw fire and rescue personnel after Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers found the man on the side of a cliff after he had jumped from an ocean overlook parking lot along Highway 101 about two miles north of Florence. The man was transported to a Florence-area hospital for treatment of possible serious injuries and mental evaluation.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Chris Ashenfelter, on September 3, 2010 at 9:49 p.m. OSP Northern Command Center dispatch was notified by Lane County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) of an attempt to locate for the man and his vehicle after relatives reported he was suicidal. LCSO obtained information through cell phone use that the man may be north of Florence near the Sea Lion Caves.
 
At 10:13 p.m. OSP Trooper Justin Goldsmith and Trooper Joseph Conklin found the man's pickup parked on the west side of Highway 101 at the overlook parking area south of Sea Lion Caves about the same time family members arrived. Trooper Conklin spotted the man 50 – 75 feet down the estimated 1,000 foot cliff hanging upside down in dense brush. The man was not moving or responding to calls from troopers and his relatives.
 
Siuslaw Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and rappelled down to the man. He was alive and appeared to be seriously injured. Fire personnel brought him back to the top of the cliff where he was transported by ambulance to Peace Harbor Hospital in Florence.
 
Troopers and fire personnel believe if the man's fall wasn't stopped by the brush he was entangled in that he would have fallen to the ocean below. The man's name will not be released for medical and mental health reasons.
 
Troopers and fire personnel cleared the scene about 12:29 a.m. Questions regarding the rappel rescue should be directed to Siuslaw Fire Department.