The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office received a call at about 6 p.m. on Saturday night (June 22, 2013) to report a man -- Richard Shaw, age 56, from Portland -- had fallen over a cliff while trying to locate his dog in the Fish Creek area off Hwy. 224 outside Estacada, near Ripplebrook Ranger Station.
Richard Shaw's wife had voice contact with him and flagged down a passerby to drive into phone range to call 911.
Search crews from the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office responded -- assisted by members from AMR's Reach and Treat (RAT) Team, Timber Lake Job Corps, Pacific Northwest Search & Rescue, Mountain Wave Emergency Communications, and Oregon Humane Society Technical Animal Rescue (OHSTAR).
Search teams located Richard Shaw and hoisted him up with technical rope systems. He was carried out by ground teams with significant leg injuries and transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for treatment.
Mr. Shaw took the fall over a cliff while trying to locate his missing dog. The cliff was about 50 feet high.
The dog, Lacy May, was located a short time later also at the base of another drop off. She was rescued by OHSTAR. Lacy May had no major injuries and was able to go home.
Photos from the rescue (and of Lacy May) are linked above.