Oregon man survives after falling 800 feet into Crater Lake caldera, officials say

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An Oregon man was rescued after falling 800 feet into a caldera Monday afternoon and surviving, officials said.

The Coast Guard’s North Bend Sector received a call at 3:47 p.m. from the National Park Service that a man fell into the Crater Lake caldera near Rims Village, officials said in a press release.

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Aerial view of the caldera of Crater Lake National Park near Rim Village Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, June 10, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Sector North Bend.)

Emergency aircrews respond to the scene more than 30 minutes later with a Technical Rope Rescue Team ready.

After already descending 600 feet into the crater, the MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew reportedly heard the man yelling from even further down.

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An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter lands at a Crater Lake parking area to transfer an injured man to AirLink Critical Care Transport, June 10, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Sector North Bend.)

Approximately 15 minutes after arriving on the scene, the man, who had fallen 800 feet, was hoisted up. He was transferred to an AirLink Critical Care Transport Team who transported him to an area hospital.

It was not immediately clear what condition the man was in Tuesday morning.

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