SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Marion County sheriff’s spokesman says it took emergency crews nearly two hours to rescue a 26-year-old Salem, Oregon man, who tried to execute a back flip off some rocks at a remote water recreation site but fell about 25 feet, missing the water.
Sheriff’s Lt. Chris Baldridge said Mason Young was taken to the Salem Hospital on Tuesday with serious injuries.
The spokesman says bystanders and then fire crews and law enforcement officers from seven jurisdictions helped in the rescue at Three Pools Recreation Area on the Santiam River.
The area southeast of Salem is in the Willamette National Forest.
The Salem Fire technical rescue team and the Army Air National Guard both helped get the man to a waiting airlift helicopter.
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