News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Aug. 7, 2012, 8:40 p.m.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Media and Interested Parties

Colton rider thrown from horse, injured, airlifted to OHSU; Sheriff's Office leads rescue op

Photos (courtesy Estacada Eagle): [ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ 3 ]

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-23496

At about 12:53 p.m. on Aug. 7, 2012, Clackamas County 911 received a call reporting that a rider had been thrown from her horse and was injured.

The accident took place near her home in the Colton, Oregon area, off of South Cox Road.

The rider was identified as Gemma Abraham, age 56, of Colton, Oregon. She is a very experienced horseback rider and familiar with the area.

The horse reportedly rode into a hornets' nest and was stung, throwing Gemma to the ground. The horse then rolled over Gemma.

Abraham's riding companion was able to get to a location with cell reception to call 911.

The Colton, Molalla, and Estacada Fire Departments, Pacific NW Search and Rescue, LifeFlight, the Oregon Air National Guard, AMR's Reach And Treat (RAT) Team, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Posse assisted the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue Team in the ensuing operation.

The patient was reached at 2:34 p.m.

Gemma was located, stabilized, hand-carried out on a litter to an awaiting ambulance, and transported to OHSU with significant injuries. At this writing, she is in stable condition and being evaluated.

She was transported out of the woods at 5:05 p.m.

At one point, the Air National Guard and LifeFlight were called to the location to assist with the extraction -- but further assessment led to the decision to do the hand-carry extraction.

The horse, Nombre, was uninjured in the accident.

Photos courtesy Estacada Eagle.

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Contact Info:
Adam Phillips, Sergeant
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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